Spoon River

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Robert Sheldon)

Subtitle: Based on a fiddle-tune transcribed by Grainger

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Fiddle
Publisher: C. L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $68.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Oboe (doubling English Horn)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-Tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Incredible music based on a "fiddle" tune as transcribed by Percy Grainger. Robert Sheldon's delightful arrangement transforms the Grainger music into a exquisite band classic which is destined to become a standard of band literature.

- Program Note from publisher

Captain Charles H. Robinson heard the American fiddle tune Spoon River at a country dance in Bradford, Illinois, in 1897. When Edgar Lee Masters published his Spoon River Anthology in 1914, Robinson was amazed by the similar titles. He sent the folk tune to Masters, who sent it to Grainger. Grainger composed Spoon River in 1922, first as a piano solo and later utilizing elastic scoring, which allowed it to be played by any combination of instrumentalists from three to full orchestra. A version for band was performed in 1933 by Edwin Franko Goldman, but it was never published and the parts were lost.

- Program Note from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band concert program, 2 October 2018


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State Ratings

  • Minnesota - Category I


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Nampa (Id.) High School Wind Ensemble (Phillip Hoesing, conductor - 10 March 2023
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphonic Band (Jim Lloyd, conductor) – 12 March 2020
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (Simon Holoweiko, conductor) – 22 April 2018
  • Barber Middle School (Acworth, Ga.) Wind Symphony (Robert Grogan, conductor) - 22 March 2019 Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (John T. Madden, conductor) – 22 March 2016
  • Indiana University Symphonic Band (Tiffany J. Galus, conductor) - 31 March 2015
  • Antelope (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Sonora Mello, conductor) - 21 March 2014 (2014 Sutherland Wind Festival, Fresno, Calif.)
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 13 May 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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None discovered thus far.