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Handel in the Strand (arr Goldman)

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Richard Franko Goldman)

General Info

Year: 1912 / 1962
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: E.C. Schirmer Music Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $72.00


Full Score
Condensed score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
Basses I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

My title was originally Clog Dance. But my dear friend William Gair Rathbone (to whom the piece is dedicated) suggested the title Handel in the Strand, because the music seemed to reflect both Handel and the English musical comedy (the "Strand" – a street in London – is the home of London musical comedy) – as if jovial old Handel were careering down the Strand to the strains of Modern English popular music.

- Program note by composer

Although performance and teaching of the piano were Grainger’s primary sources of income, he preferred writing musical arrangements of folk music from the British Isles during a time when Holst and Vaughan Williams also made use of the musical heritage of England. Originally entitled Clog Dance, the existing title was suggested by a Grainger friend who felt the music reflected Handel and the light whimsy of English musical comedy. The work, then, is meant to reflect “jovial old Handel ... careening down the Strand [the street that is the home of London musical comedy] to the strains of modem English popular music.”

- Program note from Utah State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 14 March 2014

The music by which Grainger is frequently represented comes from his collections of folk music freely arranged for ensembles; but many of his works are imbued with the character of folk music, and are entirely original melodies. The present piece resides firmly in the latter category. Handel in the Strand is one of Percy Grainger's early light orchestral pieces, originally composed in 1911 for piano and two or more strings.

His work has found itself the subject of many transcriptions for orchestra and band, the current one being the original concert band vrsion arranged by Edwin Franko Goldman.

- Program Note from University of Oklahoma Symphonic Band concert program, 3 October 2016

Handel in the Strand is one of Grainger’s early light orchestral pieces, written in 1911, before he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War I. Grainger had no trouble allowing other musicians to arrange his music to suit their needs, so Handel in the Strand has existed in several different versions. After its original massed piano and string orchestra setting came versions for full orchestra, piano (solo and 4 hands), organ, trombone choir, and two different settings for band (Goldman and Sousa).

- Program Note by Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 30 November 2016


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: V
  • California: VI Class AA
  • Florida: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: I
  • Maryland: V
  • Massachusetts: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • New York: Concert Band V
  • North Carolina: V
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band C
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


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