In a Monastery Garden

From Wind Repertory Project
Albert Ketèlbey

Albert Ketèlbey (arr. James Ord Hume)

Subtitle: Characteristic Intermezzo

General Info

Year: 1915 / 1920
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Boosey & Co.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in E-flat or Alto I-II-III
B-flat Tenor Horn
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Glockenspiel


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The first theme represents a poet’s reverie in the quietude of the monastery garden amidst beatific surroundings – the calm serene atmosphere — the leafy trees, and the singing birds. The second theme in the minor, expresses the more “personal” note of sadness, of appeal and contrition.

Presently the monks are heard chanting the Kyrie Eleison (which should be sung by the orchestra) with the organ playing and the chapel-bell ringing. The first theme is now heard in a quieter manner as if it had become more ethereal and distant; the singing of the monks is again heard — it becomes louder and more insistent, bringing the piece to a conclusion in a glow of exaltation.

- Program Note from score

In a Monastery Garden is a piece of light classical music by Albert Ketèlbey, who composed it in 1915 after a visit to a real monastic garden, now the Benedictine monastery of St Augustine's Abbey, Chilworth in Surrey. It was especially successful when performed by Ronnie Ronalde who often performed it as his finale and sold over a million recordings.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Symphony (Olin Hannum, conductor) - 18 November 2021
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 1 March 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • In a Monastery Garden, Wikipedia Accessed 24 August 2020
  • Ketelbey, A.; Squire, W.; Stephenson, T.; Joyce, A.; Hume, J. (1920). In a Monastery Garden : Characteristic Intermezzo [score]. Boosey & Co.:[s.l.].