On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

From Wind Repertory Project
Frederick Delius

Frederick Delius (arr. Melanie Thorne)

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2016
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Sempre Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $37.00


Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II Contra-Bassoon B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone


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Program Notes

A delightfully melodic harbinger, Delius's On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring is a lushly beautiful pastoral work, with hints of cuckoo calls between instrument groupings. This peaceful, almost blissful, musical meandering is a five-minute respite during any concert program. The original orchestration is skillfully arranged for large wind ensemble.

- Program note from the arranger


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State Ratings

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  • University of Louisiana Lafayette Wind Ensemble (Shaun Popp, conductor) - 21 November 2023

Works for Winds by This Composer


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