Molly on the Shore (arr Johnston)

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Matt Johnston)

Subtitle: For Clarinet Choir

General Info

Year: 1920 / 2011
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: String band
Publisher: Alry Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $25.00


Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet/Basset Horn
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet/B-flat Contrabass Clarinet/String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One reason why things of mine like Molly on the Shore and Shepherd's Hey are good is because there is so little gaiety and fun in them. While other composers would have been jolly in setting such dance tunes, I have been sad or furious. My dance settings are energetic rather than gay.

In setting Molly on the Shore I strove to imbue the accompanying parts that made up the harmonic texture with a melodic character not too unlike that of the underlying reel tune. Melody seems to me to provide music with initiative, whereas rhythm appears to me to exert an enslaving influence. For that reason I have tried to avoid regular rhythmic domination in my music -- always excepting irregular rhythms, such as those of Gregorian chant, which seem to me to make for freedom. Equally with melody, I prize discordant harmony, because of the emotional and compassionate sway it exerts.

- Program Note by Percy Aldridge Grainger

Molly on the Shore receives frequent performances from high school and university ensembles, and it is certainly appropriate for a variety of concert programs. Although melodically straightforward, this brisk reel will provide several technical challenges, especially for younger players. For a successful performance, students must exhibit firm control over articulation and finger technique. Fast tonguing pervades the upper woodwind parts, and performers should approach the decorative triplet turns with care. Grainger's characteristically intricate tapestry of melodies and countermelodies is thoroughly enjoyed by audiences.

- Program Note from Great Music for Wind Band

For Mitchell Estrin and the University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Texas: Clarinet Choir Class 1
  • Wisconsin: Event 3849 Clarinet Choir Class A


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Studies Chamber Ensemble (Luslaida Barbosa, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • Prickly Pear Clarinet Choir – 11 February 2017

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