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Folksongs for Band, Set 2

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Subtitle: A Leadsman, Landsmen, and Dancers

General Info

Year: 1984/ 1991
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Australian Music Center
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The four-movement Set 2, subtitle A Leadsman, Landsmen and Dancers, was premiered by Nigel Taylor and the Harmonie '84 at the 1984 BASBWE Conference in Manchester, England. The suite begins with a boisterous description of The Jolly Sailor, and continues with O Shepherd, Won't You Come Home?, a slow and intensely lyrical reference to the countryside. In the Rufford Park Poachers, Stanhope quotes from Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy but ends with a "sadder: B-flat minor.

The final movement, The Keel Row, is sometimes performed independently as an encore. Here the composer seeks to depict a spontaneous folk dance for the musical as well as the not-so-musical. The dance begins quietly with a drone of bagpipes but soon proceeds to a hectic free-for-all. Major participants include a very large gentleman who staggers and falls; musicians who are thrown off balance when the stage collapses; a small party of troublesome individuals who burst into the main area singing loudly and are booed, punched, and hustled out; and the village trumpet virtuoso who seizes the chance to show off. The latter's final flourish starts the dance again, the tempo accelerates, and all the dancers spread out into a vast circle for the final verse. Suddenly, a loud tambourine bangs knocks everyone to the floor and the dance ends.

- Program Note from Program Notes for band

Dedicated to the memory of Percy Grainger.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • David Stanhope website
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 561.
  • Stanhope, D. (1991). Folk Songs : For Band, Set 2 : A Leadsman, Landsmen, and Dancers [score]. Novello: London.