Faeroe Island Dance

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger

Alternate Title: Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow

General Info

Year: 1946 / 1969
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano four hands
Publisher: Faber Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €63.54   |   Score Only (print) - €10.27


Full Score
Condensed Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Marimba
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • B-flat Clarinet I, m.25, beat 2: Add eighth rest.
  • B-flat Clarinet II, m.9, beat 1: Add eighth rest.
  • B-flat Clarinet III, m.25, beat 2: Add eighth rest.
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I, m.81, beat 2&: Add eighth rest.
  • Baritone Treble Clef, m.45, beat 4: D & E-flat quarter notes should read eighth notes.
  • Check all parts for note heads that are not completely filled in.

Program Notes

High and rugged, profiled by great cliffs and narrow ravines, the Faeroe Islands of the North Atlantic are populated by a gentle and simple people. From the native folk-music heritage of this distant land, Percy Grainger chose the lovely, flowing folksong Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow for his glittering setting for concert band.

Faeroe Island Dance [finished February 21, 1946] is taken from the native folk-music heritage of the Faeroe Islands of the North Atlantic Ocean. On Sundays there were two locations in the town where the local villagers danced. In one area there were the Faeroe Dances and in the other the members of the Torshavn Wind Orchestra played the Tyrolean waltz, Swedish masquerade, Rhinelander, mazurka, and other waltzes and polkas for the village. Dancing to instrumental music in these islands dates back to the 17th century.

[This piece is dedicated to the memory of Grainger's friend, the great portrait painter John Singer Sargent, who loved the Faeroe Island music.]

- Program Note by James Westbrook

An unusual, rather austere and primitive work in moderate tempo, this is based upon a Danish folk-dance tune which Grainger collected in 1905. The abrupt ending is typical of the dance-tunes themselves, which are performed connected to one another. Hence this work is more satisfactory in performance if it is connected to another such as Shepherd's Hey or Molly on the Shore.

- Program Note by Joseph Kreines


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  • West Chester University (Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Yozviak, conductor) - 24 September 2023
  • Calvin University (Grand Rapids, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Tiffany Engle, conductor) - 14 April 2023
  • College of Marin (Kentfield, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Trevor Björklund, conductor) - 19 December 2021
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 7 April 2020 (scheduled, but concert canceled)
  • Category 5 Wind Ensemble, Inc. (Dan Sitomer, conductor) - 11 June 2011

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