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Two British Folk Songs (flex)

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Elliot Del Borgo

Elliot Del Borgo (arr. Robert Longfield)

General Info

Year: 1993 / 2019
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass
  • Cello

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This classic work for young bands has remained a tried-and-true staple in the repertoire and is performed regularly, appearing on numerous state lists. Carefully adapted here, bands with incomplete or nontraditional instrumentation can now perform this successfully at concerts or contests.

- Program Note from publisher

Elliot Del Borgo (1938-2013) composed Two British Folk Songs for the 1993 Vestal Junior High School Band Festival — Arden Wellington and Christine Lewis, directors. The piece opens with a chorale-like rendition of the folk song May Day Carol. After two statements of the carol melody, a very spirited Early One Morning begins. While the arrangements of both folk songs are fairly straightforward, heavy use of syncopation, percussion layering and a familiar harmonic language make Two British Folk Songs distinctively Del Borgo.

- Program Note (for 1993 edition) by McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band concert program, 18 December 2013


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (J.T. Womack, conductor) - 3 May 2021
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Joseph Elmo and Oscar Madrigal, conductors) - 4 March 2021

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Del Borgo, E. (1993). Two British Folk Song [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Morris, Donald. "Two English Folk Songs." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 269-277. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Perusal score