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Irish Rhapsody, An

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Clare Grundman

Clare Grundman

This work bears the designation QMB Journal 373.

General Info

Year: 1971
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $17.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

First published in 1971, An Irish Rhapsody has become a staple in the literature for young concert bands. It demonstrates Clare Grundman's mastery of orchestration and exceptional treatment of transitions and pacing. Including the folk melodies The Morren (Minstrel Boy), I Know Where I'm Going, Shepherd's Lamb Reel, Cockles and Mussels, The Rakes of Mallow and Kathleen O'More, it is just as fresh-sounding and effective today as it was more than 30 years ago.

- Program Note from publisher

This setting for symphonic band contains six songs of Ireland -- some familiar and some that have not been heard often enough. First is The Moreen (also called The Minstrel Boy), then the ballad I Know Where I'm Going, followed by the typical jig tune Shepherd's Lamb Reel. The well-loved Cockles and Mussels precedes the spirited Rakes of Mallow, which in tune leads into the love song Kathleen O'More, presented simply at first and the accompanied by a jig-reel figure. The coda returns to Cockles and Mussels, and the tempo broadens as the horns and woodwinds add their countermelodies in an impressive ending.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Massachusetts: III
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Minnesota: III
  • Mississippi: V-A
  • New York: Concert Band IV
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III
  • Texas: II. Complete
  • Virginia: IV
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band.Class B Std Rep


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Kentucky Virginia (Whitesburg, Ky.) Summer Winds (Susan Creasap, conductor) - 7 June 2022
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Concert Band (Miguel Gonzalez Oseguera, conductor) - 8 December 2021
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Keith Taylor, conductor) - 5 March 2020
  • Rivers School Conservatory (Weston, Mass.) Youth Wind Ensemble (Jason Bielik, conductor) – 1 December 2019
  • Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (David Diggs, conductor ) -17 November 2019
  • Snake River New Horizons Band (Pocatello, Id.) (Casey Emerson, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • Brazil (Ind.) Concert Band (John Philip Huber, conductor) – 16 June 2019
  • Fostoria (Ohio) Community Band (Craig McKenzie, conductor) – 17 March 2019
  • Savannah (Ga.) Wind Symphony (Mark Johnson, conductor) – 5 March 2019
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Symphony Band (Susan Creasap, conductor) – 7 October 2018
  • Kent State (Ohio) Communiversity Band (John Franklin, conductor) – 1 May 2018
  • Day City (Calif.) AllStars (Diana Gomez, conductor) – 17 March 2018
  • Kennesaw (Ga. ) State University University Band (Trey Harris, conductor) – 20 February 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) All-Campus Band (Sean Phelan, conductor) – 6 December 2016
  • Pomona (Calif.) Concert Band (Linda W. Taylor, conductor) – 18 August 2016
  • Mount Prospect (Ill.) Band (Ralph Wilder, conductor) - 17 March 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Kentucky 1800 (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Longfield) (1954/2006/2017)

All Wind Works


  • Grundman, C. (1971). An Irish Rhapsody [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [New York].
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 256.