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Lost Lady Found

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Michael Sweeney)

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Subtitle: From 'Lincolnshire Posy' and Dance Song

General Info

Year: 1937 / 2011
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Two pianos
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
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
Horn in F
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Lincolnshire Posy is a piece by Percy Grainger for concert band composed in 1937 for the American Bandmasters Association. Considered Grainger's masterpiece, the 16-minute-long work is composed of six movements, each adapted from folk songs that Grainger had collected on a 1905–1906 trip to Lincolnshire, England.

Grainger wrote, "The last number of my set (The Lost Lady Found) is a real dance-song -- come down to us from the days when voices, rather than instruments, held village dancers together. Miss Lucy E. Broadwood, who collected the tune, writes of its origins as follows, in her English Traditional Songs and Carols (Boosey & Co.):"

Mrs. Hill, an old family nurse, and a native of Stamford (Lincolnshire), learned her delightful song when a child, from an old cook who danced as she sang it, beating time on the store kitchen-floor with her iron pattens. The cook was thus unconsciously carrying out the original intention of the 'ballad', which is the English equivalent of the Italian 'baletta' (from ballare, 'to dance'), signifying a song to dance-measure, accompanied by dancing.

Lost Lady Found is a quick, jumpy, straight 3/4 melody with usual accompaniment patterns. It is often conducted "in 1" rather than "in 3". This setting features a constantly repeating motif interrupted by one "bridge" section. Almost every section of the band is featured with the melody in this fast-paced finale.

- Program Note from Wikipedia and Thomas P. Lewis


State Ratings

  • Maryland: II
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Class C


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