Down Longford Way & Shenandoah

From Wind Repertory Project
Katharine Parker

Katharine Parker (orch. Percy Aldridge Grainger; trans. Leroy Osmon)

General Info

Year: 1928 / 1935 / 1990
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: RBC Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
English Horn (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Down Longford Way is a Tasmanian folk song collected by Katharine Parker, and Shenandoah is a windlass chanty collected by Charles Rosher.

- Program Note from score

The composition is actually two short folk songs that Grainger "dished up" (his term for arranged). Down Longford Way is an arrangement of in "elastic scoring" (flexible instrumentation) of Katharine Parker's music. Grainger arranged it in 1935. Shenandoah was one of Grainger's Sea Chantey Songs for male chorus.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band

Down Longford Way is based on a Tasmanian folk song collected by Katharine Parker (1886–1971), who was a student of Grainger. The work originates from Parker’s 1928 composition for solo piano entitled Four Musical Sketches. Parker sent her composition to Grainger in 1930 and he orchestrated the second movement in 1935. Leroy Osmon transcribed the orchestral work for band in 1990.

This beautiful ballad is written in a simple ABA’ form. The piece opens with a slow, gorgeous melody played by soprano saxophone that shifts through changing instrumental colors, followed by a quiet, introspective section marked by solo horn and euphonium countermelodies. The glorious reiteration of the opening melody builds to a rich and powerful conclusion.

- University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band concert program, 2 October 2018


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Florida: III
  • Georgia: III
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: III (Down Longford Way only)
  • Virginia: III


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Grainger, P.; Parker, K.; Rosher, C.; Osmon, L. (1990). Down Longford Way and Shenandoah [score]. RBC Publications: San Antonio, Tex.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 226-229.
  • Parker, K.; Grainger, P. (1936). Down Longford Way [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.