Gay but Wistful

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (trans. Donald Patterson)

Subtitle: Tune in a popular London style.

This is the second movement of In a Nutshell

General Info

Year: 1916 / 2011
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: United State Marine Band

This work may be downloaded free from the U.S. Marine Band.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Deagan Staff Bells
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Marimba, steel and wood
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For my dear friend Edward J. de Coppet. [It is] an attempt to write an air with a “Music Hall” flavor embodying the London blend of gaiety with wistfulness so familiar in the performances of George Grossmith, Jr., and other vaudeville artists. The Gay But Wistful tune consists of two strains, like the “solo” and “chorus” of music-hall ditties. The musical material, composed in London, dates from about 1912, and was worked out and scored during the winter of 1915/16 in New York City and in railway trains.

- Program Note by Percy Grainger

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