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Guy Woolfenden

Guy Woolfenden

General Info

Year: 1983
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ariel Music
Cost: Score & Parts - $190.00

Movements (Played without pause)

1. Church and State
2. Inn and Out
3. Starts and Fits
4. Father and Son
5. Advance and Retreat
6. Church and Status Quo


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II. Doubling Cor Anglais)
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Timpani (3 Drums)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Clash cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Police whistle
  • Side drum
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Tabor or Tom tom
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone (optional)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gallimaufry: A medley, any confused jumble of things, but strictly speaking a hotch-potch made up of all the scraps of the larder. Cf Shakespeare The Winter’s Tale “a gallimaufry of gambols”.

This suite for concert band was inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays and derived from music written for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions which opened the Barbican Theatre, London, in June 1982. Dedicated to the director, Trevor Nunn, then the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with grateful thanks for his suggestion that I should expand and mold the music for these productions into a form suitable for concert performance. My thanks also to Timothy Reynish and BASBWE who, with funds provided by North West Arts, commissioned the work and helped to ensure its first performance, which I conducted on September 24th 1983 with the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra.

The work is continuous, and the thematic material of each of the six sections closely related.

Movement One: Church and State
Leadership; the establishment; temporal and ecclesiastical power

Movement Two: Inn and Out
The Boar’s Head Tavern; the Stews; low-life revels

Movement Three: Starts and Fits
Tavern Brawl; Gadshill ambush; Pistol “the swaggerer” evicted; Mistress Quickly’s rescue.

Movement Four: Father and Son
Relationship of King Henry and Falstaff to Prince Hall; real and surrogate parent.

Movement Five: Advance and Retreat
Recruiting March derived from the Tavern tune

Movement Six: Church and Status Quo
Falstaff rejected. Hal becomes King; order restored

- Program Note by Guy Woolfenden


Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida: VI --- (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as significant literature)


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Connecticut (Fairfield) Symphonic Winds (Charles Brian Depaul, conductor) - 16 November 2019
  • Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra (Limerick) (Timothy Reynish, conductor) - 3 November 2019
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) Wind Symphony (Matthew Winarski, conductor) – 2 December 2018
  • Sierra Nevada Winds (Yuba City, Calif.) (Robert Hesketh, conductor) – 19 November 2016
  • Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Dobbins, conductor) – 3 November 2015
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) - 7 June 2013
  • SUNY Fredonia NYSSMA Zone Honours Band (Timothy Reynish, conductor) - November 2007

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Woolfenden, G. (1984). Gallimaufry: For Concert Band [score]. Ariel Music: Sibford Ferris, Oxfordshire, England.