Down by the Salley Gardens (Danner)

From Wind Repertory Project
Greg Danner

Greg Danner

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Percussion I-II-III

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Down by the Salley Gardens is an Irish folk poem by William Butler Yeats, which was published in Crossways in 1889. Herbert Hughes set the words to music.

A "salley," or willow tree, was once common in gardens because people used the willow rods for basket making and for constructing thatch roofing of cottages. The Gaelic for "willow" is saileach, and the English usage of salley for willow tree may come from the Gaelic.

Down by the Salley Gardens

Down by the salley gardens, my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leave grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.

In a field down by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.

- William Butler Yeats

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: III


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  • Belongia, Daniel A. "Down by the Salley Gardens." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 190-194. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Danner, G. (2004). Down by the Salley Gardens [score]. C. Alan Publications: Greensboro, N.C.
  • Down by the Salley Gardens, Wikipedia Accessed 21 September 2017
  • Greg Danner website Accessed 21 September 2017