Erl King

From Wind Repertory Project
Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert (arr. Larry Daehn)

Subtitle: Excerpts from 'Erlkönig'

General Info

Year: 1815 / 2013
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $76.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
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
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Experience all the drama and terror of Goethe's poem and Schubert's score! The frightening story of the wild ride of a boy and his father through the stormy night, assailed by the dreaded Erl-Kingin, is told convincingly in this setting for concert band.

- Program Note from publisher

Erlkönig is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It depicts the death of a child assailed by a supernatural being, the Erlking or "Erlkönig". An anxious young boy is being carried home at night by his father on horseback. As the poem unfolds, the son seems to see and hear beings his father does not, but he chooses to comfort his son, asserting reassuringly naturalistic explanations for what the child sees – a wisp of fog, rustling leaves, shimmering willows. Finally, the child shrieks that he has been attacked. The father rides faster toward home. There, he recognizes that the boy is dead.

The poem was originally composed by Goethe as part of a 1782 Singspiel entitled Die Fischerin. It has been set to music by several composers, most notably by Franz Schubert in his Opus 1, D 328 for voice and piano.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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