Irish Reel

From Wind Repertory Project
Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten (arr. Guy Woolfenden)

General Info

Year: 1936 / 2000
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Faber Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £39.99   |   Score Only (print) - £7.99


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Britten wrote Irish Reel in 1936 as the title music for a documentary film entitled Around the Village Green. It is a bravura piece, exhibiting all the energy and strong orchestral colours typical of the composer’s output at that time, which makes use of a traditional reel tune with the evocative title The Bottom of the Punch Bowl. Guy Woolfenden’s transcription for symphonic wind band skillfully captures all the fun and sparkle of this ebullient score.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Britten, B.; Woolfenden, G. (2000). Irish Reel [score]. Faber Music Ltd.: London.
  • Perusal score