Grimm Tales

From Wind Repertory Project
Bruce Broughton

Bruce Broughton

Subtitle: A Symphonic Suite for Winds

General Info

Year: 2023
Duration: c. 30:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $600.00   |   Score Only (digital) - $150.00

Movements (may be played separately)

  1. Rapunzel – 5:25
  2. Little Red Riding Hood – 5:55
  3. The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces – 5:55
  4. Rumpelstiltskin – 6:05
  5. The Musicians of Bremen – 5:15


  • Full Score
  • C Piccolo
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe I-II (II doubling English horn)
  • Bassoon I-II
  • Contrabassoon
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • 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-III-IV
  • Trombone I-II
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Contra-Bass
  • Piano/Celesta
  • Harp
  • Timpani
  • Percussion I-II-III-IV
*Bass Drum
*Crash Cymbals
*Snare Drum
*Snare Drum, Piccolo
*Suspended Cymbal
*Temple Blocks
*Tenor Drum
*Thunder Sheet
*Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Unlike many iterations of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Grimm Tales (2023) is not the “Disney-fied” version of its literary origins. This work closely resembles the sinister and grotesque vignettes as they were originally written. Collected by the Grimm brothers and first published in 1812–1815, the tales were revised and translated, later becoming one of the most influential and famous collections of folklore in literary history. About Grimm Tales, Broughton recounts the following:

There are 211 stories in Grimm’s Fairy Tales, including Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Rumpelstiltskin, many of which have become well known in popular culture through animated features, live-action movies, operas, ballet, and theatre. In these recountings, we discover magic and trickery, murder and mutilation, talking animals, lost children, evil stepmothers, princes and princesses, giants and elves, and heroes and villains locked in fate and misfortune. First-time readers are often shocked to discover that these dark, twisted, and frequently gruesome tales, while appealing, do not match the “happily-ever-after” versions they’ve heard before bedtime or watched in popular cartoons.

- Program Note from University of North Texas Wind Orchestra concert program, 16 November 2023

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, Dr. Scott A. Stewart, Music Director and Conductor

- Program Note from score

Grimms' Fairy Tales, originally known as the Children's and Household Tales, is a German collection of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers or "Brothers Grimm", Jacob and Wilhelm, first published on 20 December 1812. Vol. 1 of the first edition contained 86 stories, which were followed by 70 more tales, numbered consecutively, in the 1st edition, Vol. 2, in 1815. By the seventh edition in 1857, the corpus of tales had expanded to 200 tales and 10 "Children's Legends". It is listed by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Registry.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Orchestra (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) – 16 November 2023 *Premiere Performance*
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Youth Wind Symphony (Scott A. Stewart, conductor) – 9 June 2023 (Carnegie Hall, New York) *Partial Premiere Performance*

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