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Folksongs for Band, Set 3

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David Stanhope

David Stanhope

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General Info

Year: 1990 / 2001
Duration: c. 13:20
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $19.95


1. Droylsden Wakes – 4:30
2. Lord Bateman – 4:30
3. Three Ships and Lisbon – 4:45


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It only requires a brief listening to the music of David Stanhope to realize his admiration for Percy Aldridge Grainger. There is a deep respect and fascination for folk songs and their creative setting for the concert band. This is the third and final group of these sets and features three settings. The first, Droylsden Wakes is described by the composer as a “sentimental verse-and-chorus pie;” Lord Bateman, which feels closest to Grainger’s music with its meter and mood changes; and Three Ships and Lisbon, which channels the first movement of Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy and pairs it creatively with I Saw Three Ships.

- Program Note from North Dakota State University Wind Symphony concert program, 31 October 2016

Dedicated to the memory of Percy Grainger.

- Program Note from score

Set 3 was premiered by the Australian National Wind Orchestra, conducted by Russell Hammon, in 1991. The settings are Droylsden Wajes, a sentimental verse and chorus piece (Draylsden is an old village in Lancashire); Lord Bateman, a vigorous technical setting with constant metrical changes; and Three Ships and Lisbon, a mixture of two folk tunes and an original melody by Stanhope. In this setting, one imagines hearing bells while approaching a distant town. Entering the town, the visitors are overwhelmed with the majestic Three Ships melody, but still attempt to whistle their own tunes over the melody. The composer honors Grainger in the last three bars with a quote from Lincolnshire Posy.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Louisiana: V
  • Tennessee: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) – 28 September 2019
  • Long Island University Post Wind Symphony (James McRoy, conductor) – 7 December 2017
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Don L. Peterson, conductor) – 3 November 2017
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) Wind Symphony (Warren D. Olfert, conductor) – 31 October 2016
  • North West Wind Ensemble (Sydney, Aus.) (James Brice, conductor) – 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 561-562.
  • Stanhope, D. (2001). Folksongs for Band : Suite No. 3 [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tex.