Celtic Classics

From Wind Repertory Project
Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij

Subtitle: Irish Folk Song Suite for Wind Orchestra

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 9:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €135.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Full Score
Solo Fiddle (optional)
C Piccolo/Pennywhistle
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bodhran
  • Floor Tom
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Spoons
  • Suspended Cymbals (2)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

According to the composer:

This folk song suite is based on the wildly inventive, foot stomping, irrepressible genre that is Irish music. I tried to carry on the tradition of composers like Percy Aldridge Grainger, Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, who all have created superb original repertoire for wind orchestra based on folk music, such as Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Shepherd's Hey and Molly on the Shore; Holst’s A Moorside Suite and Suites No. 1 and 2; and Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite.

For Celtic Classics, I have focused on the following songs and instrumental works:

Down by the Sally Gardens (Gort na Sailedn) – after a poem by William Butler Yeats
Give Me Your Hand (Tabhair Dom do Lamh)
She Moved Through the Fair
The Butterfly
Temple House & The Green Gates (Irish reel)

- Program Note by composer

Sponsored by the Veterans of Musikgesellschaft Giffers/Tentlingen – Switzerland.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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