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Suite from the Opera "Mary Mount"

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Howard Hanson

Howard Hanson (trans. John Boyd)

General Info

Year: 1934 / 2001
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.


1. Overture – 3:05
2. Children's dance – 1:50
3. Love duet – 4:25
4. Prelude to act II and Maypole dances – 8:25


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle

Players clapping


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story The Maypole of Merry Mount, Howard Hanson's opera Merry Mount was premiered in 1934. John Boyd now brings us a wind orchestration of its four most recognizable selections. Overture makes extensive use of Hawthorne's original modal construction, which musically depicts the characters in the opera. The playful Children's Dance is followed by the romantic Love Duet. The suite concludes with the 'Maypole Dances. Exciting and true to Hanson's original, this suite is a rich addition to the wind repertoire.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Iowa: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Texas: V. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Westminster College (New Wilmington, Penn.) Wind Ensemble(R. Tad Greig, conductor) - 13 November 2020
  • San Jose (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) – 12 May 2019
  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) - 28 October 2018
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony (Paul Bryan, conductor) – 5 May 2017
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 27 April 2015
  • Dallas (Tx.) Wind Symphony (Frederick Fennell, conductor) – 20 February 2001 (CBDNA 2001 National Conference, Denton, Tx.)

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