Lord Maxwell's Goodnight

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (orch. Brian S. Wilson)

General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Meredith Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact publisher


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Side Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Lord Maxwell’s Goodnight is a reflective, moving piece based on a ballad about Lord Maxwell, who has killed a rival in a long-standing bloody family feud and is leaving Scotland to avoid prosecution. He bids good-bye to his wife, his lands and his country.

-Program Note by Thomas Beattie for the Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble

These orchestrations are the end product of Dr. Wilson's dissertation entitled "Orchestrational Archetypes in Percy Grainger's Wind Band Music." In an attempt to understand the enigmatic style of Grainger's wind band music, Wilson made a detailed analysis of his recurring orchestrational practices with regard to melody, countermelody, part writing and contrapuntal dynamics. The conclusion is that the Grainger "sound" is a function of recurring orchestrational techniques, rather than other compositional elements such as meldoy or harmony. This information was then used to "dish up" selected Grainger voice and piano pieces in his own idiosyncratic style. Lord Maxwell's Goodnight, originally for tenor voice and piano.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor) - 3 May 2015

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