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Lincolnshire Posy

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (edited by Frederick Fennell)

General Info

Year: 1937 / 1987
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: LudwigMasters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $200.00   |   Score Only - $50.00


1. Dublin Bay (Lisbon) - 1:20
2. Horkstow Grange - 3:00
3. Rufford Park Poachers - 4:00
4. The Brisk Young Sailor - 1:40
5. Lord Melbourne - 3:30
6. The Lost Lady Found - 2:30


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Soprano Sax
Alto Sax I-II
Tenor Sax I-II
Baritone Sax
Bass Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Trombone III (Bass)
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Handbells
  • Side Drum
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


It is highly recommended that conductors use the 1987 Frederick Fennell edition of Posy. While this edition is obviously not free of errors, it corrects and clarifies many ambiguities that exist in the original version.

The following errors are in both the Score and the Parts:

  • The tempo for the third movement should be eighth note = 132, not quarter note = 132.

The following errors are in the parts:

  • Trumpet I: m. 49, Movement III, Version B: the part should read Ab-G natural-Gb in the first beat triplets. It is correct in the score.

Program Notes

Lincolnshire Posy was commissioned by the American Bandmasters Association and premiered at their convention with the composer conducting. It is in six movements, all based on folk songs from Lincolnshire, England. Grainger's settings are not only true to the verse structure of the folk songs, but attempt to depict the singers from whom Grainger collected the songs. Since its premiere, it has been recognized as a cornerstone of the wind band repertoire.

Lincolnshire Posy, as a whole work, was conceived and scored by me direct for wind band early in 1937. Five, out of the six, movements of which it is made up existed in no other finished form, though most of these movements (as is the case with almost all my compositions and settings, for whatever medium) were indebted, more or less, to unfinished sketches for a variety of mediums covering many years (in this case, the sketches date from 1905 to 1937). These indebtednesses are stated in the score.

This bunch of "musical wildflowers" (hence the title) is based on folksongs collected in Lincolnshire, England (one notated ny Miss Lucy E. Broadwood; the other five noted by me, mainly in the years 1905-1906, and with the help of the phonograph), and the work is dedicated to the old folksingers who sang so sweetly to me. Indeed, each number is intended to be a kind of musical portrait of the singer who sang its underlying melody - a musical portrait of the singer's personality no less than of his habits of song - his regular or irregular wonts of rhythm, his preference for gaunt or ornately arabesqued delivery, his contrasts of legato and staccato, his tendency towards breadth or delicacy of tone.

-Program Note by Percy Aldridge Grainger

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida:   ---  (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature.")
    • Grade IV: Movements 1 and 2.
    • Grade V: Movements 1, 2, and 6.
    • Grade VI: Any 4 movements.
  • Minnesota - Category I (any 4 movements)
  • New York
    • Grade VI: Any 5 movements
  • South Carolina: "Masterwork"
  • Virginia: VI
  • Texas
    • Grade II: Any one movement
    • Grade III: Any two movements
    • Grade IV: Any four movements

Recent Performances

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  • Lafayette High School Wind Ensemble (Scotty Walker, conductor) - 15 March 2013
  • Knightwind Ensemble [Milwaukee, Wisc.] (Erik Janners, conductor) - 18 November 2012
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble (Stephen Squires, Conductor) - 14 November 2012
  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) - 30 September 2012
  • Arts Academy Band [Interlochen, Mich.] (Frederick Fennell, conductor) - 11 January 1970

Works for Winds by this Composer

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