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Father and Daughter

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (trans. Chalon Ragsdale)

This work is the third movement of the composer's Three Tragic Ballads.

General Info

Year: 1912 / 2004
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Aux Arcs Music, through C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


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

  • Marimba I-II
  • Orchestra Bells (or Crotales)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tubular Bells (or Chimes)
  • Vibraphone I-II
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Father and Daughter is Nr. 1 of the Settings of Dance-Folksongs from the Faeroe Islands. “Composed in 1908-9, it is scored in the original for five solo voices, described as ‘narrators’ because they tell the tale, with a double mixed chorus actively representing the ‘tribe’, and with three orchestral groups of brass, strings, and mixed mandolins and guitars (as many as possible).” One of Percy’s most exciting pieces, John Bird tells us that, at the premiere performance of Father and Daughter at the Queen’s Hall in 1912, Grainger received twelve curtain-calls, and the piece had to be repeated twice!

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 16 February 2016

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