Percy Grainger Portrait, A

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Wagner)

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General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00  |   Score Only - $10.00


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-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Mallet Percussion
Percussion I-II

(Percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The boundless energy and passion for life of Australian-born composer and pianist Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) is reflected in the four works included in this eclectic sampling of his music. Irish Tune from County Derry is no doubt the most beloved folksong of all time. Grainger turned this simple tune into an emotional concert work, full of rich harmonies and powerful sonorities. In Grainger’s own words: “The rhythmic cast of Mock Morris somewhat resembles traditional English Morris dance tunes, though no actual traditional tunes are made use of. The piece was prompted by the motto, "Always merry and bright.” Written in 1912, My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone is based on the folksong of the same name, taken from William Chappell’s 1893 collectionOld English Popular Music. Grainger calls his setting a “free ramble,” where the only direct connection to the original tune is the first nine stated notes, corresponding to the first line of the text.

The closing section of the medley draws upon the initial 1918 solo piano version of Children’s March: Over the Hills and Far Away. Grainger later developed these themes into a major 400+ measure concert work in scorings for military band (1919) and two pianos/four hands (1920).

- Program note from New Trier High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 December 2012

Commercial Discography


Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Grainger, P.; Wagner, D. (2010). A Percy Grainger Portrait [score]. Belwin-Mills: [Miami, Fla.].