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Air from County Derry

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Traditional tune arranged by Joseph Kreines.

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General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $9.95


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This striking orchestration of the Northern Irish melody that underlies the song Danny Boy offers intermediate and advanced concert bands an opportunity to explore the tune's soaring beauty through broad and colourful phrasing, rich harmonic motion and subtly shaded counterlines. The exquisite melody is passed around to each section, creating a true ensemble work.

-Program Note by publisher

Dedicated to the students of Andrew Jackson Middle School Band, Titusville, Florida, James Matthews, director.

-Program Note form score

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

  • Florida: III
  • Georgia: II
  • Maryland: II
  • Tennessee: II


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  • Kreines, J.; Kirchoff, C. (2001). Air from County Derry [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.