I'm Seventeen Come Sunday (arr Wagner)

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Douglas E Wagner)

General Info

Year: 1905 / 1999
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Voices
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $87.00; (digital) - $87.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet/E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet/B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
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-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


In Parts and Score:

  • Snare Drum/Bass Drum. m.61, beat 2: Quarter note should read half note.

Program Notes

Seventeen Come Sunday is an English folk song which was used in the first movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams' English Folk Song Suite and a choral version by Percy Grainger. The words were first published between 1838 and 1845. According to Roud and Bishop:

"This was a widely known song in England, and was also popular in Ireland and Scotland. It is one of those which earlier editors, such as Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp, felt obliged to soften or rewrite for publication. It was also common on broadsides throughout the nineteenth century.

An earlier version was first printed on a broadside of around 1810 with the title Maid and the Soldier. Early broadside versions were sad songs focused on the abandonment of the girl by the young man. Later broadside and traditional folk versions celebrate a sexual encounter. A censored version published by Baring-Gould and Sharp substitutes a proposal of marriage for the encounter.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Originally scored for chorus and brass band, I'm Seventeen Come Sunday was written in 1905 and is dedicated to Edvard Grieg. It is No. 8 of Grainger’s British Folk Song Settings, and represents some of his earliest folksong collecting.

- Program Note from Stiles Middle School Honors Band concert program, 17 December 2015

I’m Seventeen Come Sunday, originally set for voices, originates from the 1905 North Lincolnshire Musical Competition where Grainger first heard the principal melody. The second melody was collected by Cecil Sharp in 1904 and was later used by Grainger prior to the work’s premiere performance in May of 1906.

“...Where are you going, my pretty fair maid? Where are you going, my honey?
She answered me right cheerfully, I’ve an errand for my mummy.
How old are you, my pretty fair maid? How old are you, my honey?
She answered me right cheerfully, I’m seventeen come Sunday...”

- Program Note from the Coppell North Honor Winds concert program, 12 February 2016


State Ratings

  • Iowa: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: IV
  • West Virginia: III


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