Danish Bouquet

From Wind Repertory Project
Ira Hearshen

Ira Hearshen

Subtitle: A Grainger Collection

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $180.00   |   Score Only (print) - $45.00


1. Bispens datter af Engelund (The Bishop's Daughter from England) – 2:12
2. Per svinedreng (The Pig Keeper) – 4:10
3. Jerusalems skomager (Jerusalem Shoemaker)
4. Kaerlighedsvise (Utroskab i kaerlighed) (Adultery in Love)
5. Herr Peders staldedreng (Lord Peter, Stable Boy) – 2:45


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I
Oboe II/English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This musical tribute to Frederick Fennell is based on a selection of Danish folk melodies that were part of an unpublished collection of Percy Grainger's. Written as a companion piece to Lincolnshire Posy, it makes an impressive suite and a fitting memorial.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the Music Division in the Library of Congress and dedicated to the life and work of Frederick Fennell.

- Program Note from score

Danish Bouquet (2006) was made possible by a commission by the Music Division in the United States Library of Congress and one of its senior musicologists, Loras John Schissel. The creative impetus of the piece began in a conversation between Schissel and renowned conductor Frederick Fennell. Schissel recounts the discussion:

Frederick Fennell and I (usually…at an off-the-beaten path Red Lobster) enjoyed “what if” concerts. Dream pieces. Our usual: What if Richard Strauss had written a major tone poem for band…the Ravel band piece promised to Edwin Franko Goldman but never delivered, stolen from us by the composer’s illness…and our recurring discussion of our dream Percy Grainger work: “the one that got away.”

I have always been interested in Grainger’s collection (on paper and cylinder) of Danish folk songs. Grainger had never been able to do as much with them as he had with the British folk music. We have Lincolnshire Posy but no Danish suite for wind band that is comparable. I asked Frederick one evening in Chicago who he thought could create such a suite now. His reply was succinct: “Ira.”

- Program Note from University of North Texas Symphonic Band concert program, 9 February 2016


State Ratings



To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony (Andrew Hunter, conductor) - 30 March 2023
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphony Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 9 February 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hearshen, I.; Grainger, P.; Fennell, F. (2006). Danish bouquet : a Percy Collection [score]. Ludwig Music Publishing Co.: Grafton, Ohio.
  • Ira Hearshen website Accessed 8 February 2016