Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The (Stephenson)

From Wind Repertory Project
James Stephenson

James Stephenson

General Info

Year: 1996 / 2015
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Stephenson Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00; (digital) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A tone poem depicting the harrowing tale of Ichabod Crane and his arch-enemy, Brom Bones, aka the “Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow”. The music is lavishly scored, set appropriately in the Hudson Valley. It vividly recounts the episodes of the tall, lanky Ichabod, as the schoolmaster who unsuccessfully courts love-interest Katrina van Tassell and subsequently encounters the ghostly companion on his ride homeward through the woods. Folksongs and church hymns, endemic to the region, are used and manipulated to support a most common theme of love and competition, wonderfully depicted by Washington Irving in this popular story.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow was commissioned and premiered by the Naples Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra reduction commissioned in 2004 by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Isaiah Jackson, Music Director. The concert band version commissioned by James Wayne and the Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note from publisher

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is an 1820 short story by American author Washington Irving, contained in his collection of 34 essays and short stories titled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Irving wrote the story while living in Birmingham, England.

Along with Irving's companion piece Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is among the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity, especially during Halloween because of a character known as the Headless Horseman believed to be a Hessian soldier who was decapitated by a cannonball in battle.

- Program Note by Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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