Spoon River (arr Story)

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Michael Story)

General Info

Year: 1922 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Fiddle
Publisher: Belwin-Mills
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $9.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Bells
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on an American folk dance fiddle tune played at country dances, this work was first scored for solo piano by Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) and first published in 1922. Marked “Moderately bright,” this new arrangement for wind band states and restates the 16-measure melody four times with varied instrumental colors and textures. The clarinets first play the melody, supported by light staccato figures in the woodwind choir. The third repetition features an optional alto saxophone solo cued to trumpet.

- 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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • The Instrumentalist, Vol. 69, No. 3 (October 2014), p. 34.