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Whistler and His Dog, The

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The Whistler and His Dog

Arthur Pryor (ed. Loras John Schissel)

Subtitle: Caprice

General Info

Year: 1905 / 2005
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
Cornets I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bird Calls
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gun
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum

Players whistling


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Although best known as a trombone virtuoso, Arthur Pryor was also a successful composer. His 1905 caprice was extremely popular when it was first released, and now this new edition for today's concert band will allow a whole new generation to enjoy it. The whistling tune will be immediately recognizable.

- Program Note by publisher

This march caprice was composed for Pryor's own band in 1905. It became his most popular work, demanded everywhere by audiences who whistled along with the band and kept time with their feet. The tune was inspired by Pryor's memory of his boyhood pet bulldog, Roxy, who "was not very responsive to the spoken command, but he never failed to answer to a whistle, even forsaking the joys of a dog fight at my summons."

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Loras J. Schissel, conductor) – 20 January 2018
  • Walnut Creek (Calif.) Concert Band (Harvey Bernstein, conductor) – 4 July 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Pryor, A.; Schissel, L. (2005). The whistler and his dog : caprice : for concert band [score]. Ludwig Music: Grafton, Ohio.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 489.