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Harvest Hymn

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (trans. Joseph Kreines)

General Info

Year: 1940 / 1983
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano and orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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-IV
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba/String Bass


The crescendo and decrescendo in mm. 8-9 is meant for the entire band. There are several missing from the score but all are present in the parts.

Program Notes

This work was composed 1905-32 for orchestra with a piano version in 1936. This short work features a simple tune, richly harmonized with stately chords and decorated counter-melodies. This transcription uses both orchestra and piano versions as its basis.

- Program Note by arranger

Percy Grainger began work on Harvest Hymn in 1905 in London, but did not complete it until 1932 while in Sweden. The piece was originally scored “elastically” by the composer for instrumental ensemble and subsequently arranged for various media. The short work features a simple tune, richly harmonized with stately chords and decorated counter-melodies. This transcription by Joesph Kreines is based on the piano solo version made in 1936, with some scoring details taken from the original setting.

- Program Note from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Wind Symphony concert program, 14 December 2016

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Florida: V
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: II
  • Mississippi: III-A
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: II-A
  • Virginia: III


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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Grainger, P.; Kreines, J. (1983). Harvest Hymn [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Lewis, Thomas P. "A Source Guide to the Music of Percy Grainger" Accessed 20 January 2016
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 163-168.
  • Rudgers, Gregory B. Harvest Hymn. MBM Times, Issue 6 (2012), 58.