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Elegy (Ireland)

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John Ireland

John Ireland (arr. Ray Steadman-Allen)

Subtitle: From A Downland Suite

This work is the second movement of the composer's A Downland Suite.

General Info

Year: 1932 / 1985
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass band
Publisher: G & M Brand
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (I div. a2)
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Downland Suite was composed originally for brass band, written in 1932 for the national Brass Band Championship of Great Britain as a contest piece. The suite is a pictorial depiction enshrining the composer’s love for the Sussex downs and has been described by Donald McLeod as “sunnily bucolic.” In keeping with its intention as a contest piece, the suite is both technical and expressive, and is complicated and difficult to read. The Elegy is among Ireland’s most popular compositions; the Elegy has an Elgarian [Edward Elgar] flavor from its melodic structure, whereas the Minuet is charming, having something of a bucolic feel.

- Program Note from University of Texas Wind Symphony concert program, 6 April 2018

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (unconducted) – 6 April 2018

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