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Court Music (Grantham)

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Donald Grantham

Donald Grantham

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piquant Press
Cost:Score and Parts $300.00 (Rental) / Score (Purchase) - $50.00


Full Score
Piccolo (doubles Flute III)
Flute I-II-III (at least four players required)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II-III (Bassoon III doubles Contrabassoon)
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (at least three on each part)
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (two players)
Tuba (two players)
String Bass
Percussion I–II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drums
  • Bell Tree
  • Bongos
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gongs (2, pitched C, D)
  • Ratchet
  • Roto-Tom (small)
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Toms
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone (2)
  • Wind Chimes (brass)
  • Xylophone (2)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Court Music was commissioned by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra with the request that the work somehow reflect an "East meets West" theme. Naturally, I began to listen to a good deal of Japanese folk and ceremonial music, and I was particularly impressed with the literature of the Gagaku orchestra. This ancient orchestral tradition features music of great intricacy and timbral beauty. It would have been impossible for me to even begin to absorb the complexities of this music, but I have incorporated some of its most striking and characteristic sounds, particularly those of the Hichiriki (double reed instruments), the Ryuteki (flutes), and the sho (a bundled reed instrument capable of sustaining several pitches as a drone). I have also employed Japan's most famous folk song, Sakura Sakura, in three highly contrasting settings at the beginning, middle, and end of the work.

- Program Note by Donald Grantham

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • The Hartt Omni-Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (Glen Adsit, conductor) – 5 May 2018
  • Florida State University Wind Orchestra (Rick Clary, conductor) - 28 March 2007

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Donald Grantham website
  • Popejoy, James. "Court Music." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 775-782. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.