Five Folk Songs For Soprano and Band

From Wind Repertory Project
Bernard Gilmore

Bernard Gilmore

General Info

Year: 1965 / 2002
Duration: c. 19:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $184.00   |   Score Only - $41.95


1. Mrs. McGrath - 3:43
2. All the Pretty Little Horses - 6:30
3. Yerakina - 2:40
4. El Burro - 4:15
5. A Fiddler - 2:05


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Ratchet
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bernard Gilmore’s signature piece, Five Folk Songs for Soprano and Band, is a folk song arrangement composed in 1963 for the annual conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and published by Maecenas Music. It has enjoyed countless performances nationwide and internationally. This composition is the first major work written expressly for soprano and band and was awarded "Best Original Composition" at the CBDNA Biennial Conference in 1967.

Five Folk Songs for Soprano and Band contains five movements, each of which is in a different language. The complexity of the soprano having to learn a variety of languages can make the work difficult to learn. Nevertheless, the piece has been widely adopted as standard music repertoire in the university setting.

- Program Note from Wikipedia



State Ratings

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