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Irish Tune from County Derry (ed Rogers)

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (ed. R Mark Rogers)

General Info

Year: 1918 / 1994
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $18.00


Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Special Alto Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Grainger's Irish Tune from County Derry has stood the test of time for a number of reasons: colorful sonorities, straightforward accessibility, and a memorable climax. It is also a versatile piece, playable by both younger band and mature players, symphonic bands and wind ensembles. Irish Tune could balance a heavier work on the concert program, or it could be a thoughtful closing piece just before intermission. The broad appeal of this piece will undoubtedly assure its position atop the wind band repertoire for years to come.

- Program Note from Great Music for Wind Band

No. 20 of British Folk-Music Settings.
Lovingly and reverently dedicated to the memory of Edvard Grieg.

- Program Note from score

This tune was collected by Miss J. Ross, of New Town, Limavady, Co. Derry, Ireland, and published in The Petrie Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland, Dublin, 1855.

- Program Note from score

For the following beautiful air I have to express my very grateful acknowledgment to Miss J. Ross, of N.-T.-Limavady, in the county of Londonderry — a lady who has made a large collection of the popular unpublished melodies of that county, which she has very kindly placed at my disposal, and which has added very considerably to the stock of tunes which I had previously acquired from that still very Irish county. I say still very Irish, for though it has been planted for more than two centuries by English and Scottish settlers, the old Irish race still forms the great majority of its peasant inhabitants; and there are few, if any, counties in which, with less foreign admixture, the ancient melodies of the country have been so extensively preserved. The name of the tune unfortunately was not ascertained by Miss Ross, who sent it to me with the simple remark that it was " very old," in the correctness of which statement I have no hesitation in expressing my perfect concurrence.

- Program note by Percy Grainger

Irish Tune from County Derry (published 1918) is based on earlier settings that date back as early as October 1902 with an essentially identical setting of this melody for wordless mixed chorus. Later versions for solo piano (1911) and string orchestra with two optional horns (1912) followed. The wind band setting is cataloged as British Folk Music Setting Nr. 20, and like all his settings of British folk music is “lovingly and reverently dedicated to the memory of Edvard Grieg.” The composer’s brief program note states, “This tune was collected by Miss J. Ross, of New Town, Limavady, Co Derry, Ireland and published in The Petrie Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland, Dublin, 1855.”

- Program Note by R. Mark Rogers


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 1 October 2021
  • Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth) Symphonic Band (George Ishii, conductor) - 28 April 2021
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 24 April 2021
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Donald Peterson, conductor) - 9 April 2021
  • Flower Mound (Tx.) Wind Symphony (Brent Biskup, conductor) - 12 February 2021 (2021 TMEA Conference, San Antonio) (Virtual)
  • The Hartt Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (James Jackson, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Symphonic Band (David Plack, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • Eastern Illinois University (Charleston) Concert Band (Alicia Neal, conductor) - 18 September 2020
  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Symphonic Band (Dennis A. Hawkins, Jr., conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony I (Dan Peterson, conductor) - 18 November 2019
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – November 17, 2019
  • Phoenix Winds (Elon, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Dooley, conductor)– 14 November 2019
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  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) (Symphonic Band) (Benjamin J. Diden, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Thiel College (Greenville, Penn.) Concert Band (Brian T. Harris, conductor) - 7 April 2019
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Atlanta,Ga.) (Glenn Moore, conductor) – 31 March 2019
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