Mock Morris (arr Perna)

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (ed. Dana Paul Perna)

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2010 / 2016
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chamber string ensemble
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Grainger produced several versions of Mock Morris for different media. The composition is best described by Grainger in the preface to the string orchestra score: "No folk-music tune stuffs at all are used herein. The rhythmic cast of the piece is Morris-like, but neither the build of the tunes nor the general lay-out of the form keeps to the Morris dance shape."

- Program note by Joe Kreines

While many of Grainger’s works incorporate and feature collected folk songs, like his seminal composition Lincolnshire Posy, Mock Morris is an original work. Though the composition utilizes original thematic material, the listener might find it difficult to believe that it is indeed original. Grainger repeatedly asserted the originality of the piece to skeptical listeners, while admitting that one theme was “(unwittingly) cribbed from an early Magnificat of Cyril Scott.

Mock Morris is a buoyant, jaunty romp, inspired by the traditional English Morris folk dance. There have been several settings of the work, but the original was written for a small, six-piece string ensemble in 1910.

- Program Note from The Desert Winds concert program, 17 December 2016

Authorized by The Percy Grainger Society, this setting of the familiar classic is based on the 1950 version created for Leopold Stokowski, which was recorded for the RCA Victor label. Despite its brevity, Stokowski's recording does contain cuts, but this transcription is the full piece as Grainger intended it.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


State Ratings

  • Florida: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Bishop Carroll High School (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) Wind Ensemble (Chris Herard, conductor) – 22 February 2020
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 13 March 2019
  • Jenks (Okla.) Wind Symphony (Scott Hillock, conductor) – 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

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  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist, 71/8 (March, 2017), p. 30.