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Harvest Hymn

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (trans. Joseph Kreines)

General Info

Year: 1940 / 1983
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano and orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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 I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba/String Bass


In Score:

  • Entire band, m.8-9: The crescendo and decrescendo are meant for the entire band. There are several missing from the score but all are present in the parts.

Program Notes

This work was composed 1905-32 for orchestra with a piano version in 1936. This short work features a simple tune, richly harmonized with stately chords and decorated counter-melodies. This transcription uses both orchestra and piano versions as its basis.

- Program Note by arranger

Percy Grainger began work on Harvest Hymn in 1905 in London, but did not complete it until 1932 while in Sweden. The piece was originally scored “elastically” by the composer for instrumental ensemble and subsequently arranged for various media. The short work features a simple tune, richly harmonized with stately chords and decorated counter-melodies. This transcription by Joesph Kreines is based on the piano solo version made in 1936, with some scoring details taken from the original setting.

- Program Note from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Wind Symphony concert program, 14 December 2016


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Florida: V
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: II
  • Mississippi: III-A
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: II-A
  • Virginia: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Mercer University (Macon, Ga.) Wind Ensemble (Brittan Braddock, conductor) - 14 November 2022
  • Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, Mo.) Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) - 14 October 2021
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Slade Denman, conductor) - 16 April 2021
  • University of Rhode Island (Kingston) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Gene Pollart, conductor) – 20 October 2019
  • Cottonwood Community Band (Sedona, Ariz.) (Sy Brandon, conductor) – 17 March 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan Johnson, conductor) - 26 February 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Eric Bush, conductor) – 3 December 2018
  • Delaware Winds (Dover) (Jordan E. Kinsey, conductor) - 30 October 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 20 April 2018
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Gillian MacKay, conductor) - 1 April 2017
  • Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Jacksonville, Fla.) Wind Symphony (Kenneth Williams, conductor) - 14 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Illinois (Champagne) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Jesse Leyva, conductor) – 11 October 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Grainger, P.; Kreines, J. (1983). Harvest Hymn [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Lewis, Thomas P. "A Source Guide to the Music of Percy Grainger" Accessed 20 January 2016
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 163-168.
  • Rudgers, Gregory B. Harvest Hymn. MBM Times, Issue 6 (2012), 58.