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Faeroe Island Dance

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger


Alternate Title: Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow


General Info

Year: 1946 / 1969
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano four hands
Publisher: Faber Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print


Instrumentation

Full Score
Condensed Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
E-flat Clarinet
Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass Clarinet
BB-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
F Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium(
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Marimba
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

High and rugged, profiled by great cliffs and narrow ravines, the Faeroe Islands of the North Atlantic are populated by a gentle and simple people. From the native folk-music heritage of this distant land, Percy Grainger chose the lovely, flowing folksong Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow for his glittering setting for concert band.


Faeroe Island Dance [finished February 21, 1946] is taken from the native folk-music heritage of the Faeroe Islands of the North Atlantic Ocean. On Sundays there were two locations in the town where the local villagers danced. In one area there were the Faeroe Dances and in the other the members of the Torshavn Wind Orchestra played the Tyrolean waltz, Swedish masquerade, Rhinelander, mazurka, and other waltzes and polkas for the village. Dancing to instrumental music in these islands dates back to the 17th century.

[This piece is dedicated to the memory of Grainger's friend, the great portrait painter John Singer Sargent, who loved the Faeroe Island music.]

- Program Note by James Westbrook


An unusual, rather austere and primitive work in moderate tempo, this is based upon a Danish folk-dance tune which Grainger collected in 1905. The abrupt ending is typical of the dance-tunes themselves, which are performed connected to one another. Hence this work is more satisfactory in performance if it is connected to another such as Shepherd's Hey or Molly on the Shore.

- Program Note by Joseph Kreines


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 7 April 2020 (scheduled, but concert canceled)
  • Category 5 Wind Ensemble, Inc. (Dan Sitomer, conductor) - 11 June 2011


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