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Merry King, The

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (ed. Loras John Schissel)

Subtitle: English Folksong set for piano and 9 (or 10 or 11) single wind instruments

General Info

Year: 1905 / 2006
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (at will)
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone (or Horn in E-flat)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet (or B-flat Soprano Saxophone)
Horn in F (or E-flat Alto Saxophone)
String Bass
Harmonium (Reed Organ) (at will)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fans of Grainger will especially appreciate the care and research taken to present this beloved folk song setting for piano and chamber winds. It is expressly intended for winds to be one on a part, which creates the clear and colorful sound we associate with Grainger.

- Program Note from publisher

The Merry King was collected in 1905. The piece shines with its simple 16-measure melody. As the piece goes on, the melody undergoes usual Grainger orchestration transformation through each successive verse, and the work incorporates a dream-like piano part that advances and recedes in the texture.

- Program Note from University of Toronto Wind Ensemble concert program, 2 December 2021


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Toronto (Ont. Can.) Wind Ensemble (Gilliam MacKay, conductor) - 2 December 2021
  • University of Texas Arlington Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor; Jeffrey Ou, piano) - 8 December 2020
  • Florida International University (Miami) Symphonic Band (Barry Bernhardt, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russell C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 1 February 2017
  • Charleston (S.C.) Southern University Wind Symphony (Marshall Forrester, conductor) – 19 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Grainger, P; Schissel, L. (2006). Nr. 39." The Merry King " : Set for Piano and 9 (or 10, or 11) Single Wind Instruments [score]. Ludwig Music Publishing Company: Grafton, Ohio.