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Gaelic Rhapsody

From Wind Repertory Project
Elliot Del Borgo

Elliot Del Borgo

General Info

Year: 1987
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Rather typical of Elliot Del Borgo's published works, this is a fairly straightforward, albeit quite nice, sensitive setting of Londonderry Air; The Galway Pipers; The Irish Washerwoman and The Minstrel Boy, with some of the arranger's more typical meter changes and "flashy" woodwind passages appearing later in the work.

- Program Note by publisher

The Gaelic literature of Ireland, Highland Scotland and the Isle of Man is divided into several periods which date back before A.D. 900. Even the melodies featured by Del Borgo in this robust arrangement date back to interesting "first printings." They include Kerry Dancers, (1879), The Rakes of Mallow (Irish tradition), Londonderry Air (1855), and Minstrel Boy (1813).

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Kansas: IV
  • Minnesota: III
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: IV


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Del Borgo, E. (1987). Gaelic Rhapsody for Concert Band [score]. Wingert-Jones Music: Kansas City, Mo.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 164.