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Down by the Salley Gardens

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Michael Sweeney

Traditional, arranged by Michael Sweeney


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General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Convertible Bass Line
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The haunting melody of this traditional Irish folk song is treated here in a warm and colorful setting. The instrumentation is varied and a wealth of musical elements are provided through creative harmonizations and carefully placed key changes.

-Program Note by publisher


This work offers a beautiful series of settings. A brief introduction sets the mood. The melody then follows. The first phrase appears in unaccompanied trumpet, continuing with sustained-chord background. The second phrase appears n tenor sax, horn and trombone, with the concluding phrase in flute and oboe. A contrasting middle section features an original melody in the same style as the folk tune. The tune then returns in a different key with full band. The work conclude with a quiet statement of the melody and a short coda.

-Program Note from Music for Concert Band


Down by the Salley Gardens was a poem written by William Butler Yeats, first published in 1889 as "An Old Song Re-Sung, an attempt to reconstruct an old song from three lines imperfectly remembered by an old peasant woman in the village of Ballisodare, Sligo, who often sings them to herself.”

Down by the Salley Gardens
my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder
she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy,
as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish,
and now am full of tears.

In a field by the river
my love and I did meet
She passed the Salley Gardens
With little snow-white feet
She bid me take love easy,
as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish
With her would not agree

The haunting melody of this traditional Irish folk song is treated here in a warm and colorful setting. The instrumentation is varied and a wealth of musical elements are provided through creative harmonizations and carefully placed key changes.

- Program Note from Cy-Fair High School Band concert program, 19 December 2018


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Florida: II
  • Georgia: II
  • Indiana: ISSMA JUNIOR BAND GROUP II
  • Louisiana: II
  • North Carolina: II
  • South Carolina: II
  • Texas: II. Complete


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