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Irish Suite: The Girl I Left Behind Me

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Leroy Anderson

Traditional (arr. Leroy Anderson)


Subtitle: From the 'Irish Suite'


General Info

Year: 1950/2009
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

To Arthur Fiedler.

- Program Note from score


The Irish Suite was a six-movement suite commissioned by the Eire Society of Boston for a pops concert conducted by Arthur Fielder on June 6, 1947. Originally entitled Eire Suite, Anderson wrote it in 12 days. This setting of the traditional The Girl I Left Behind Me is the sixth movement of the Irish Suite.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


This selection is an air in march time long associated with the British army, and formerly played when a regiment was changing its quarters from one town to another. There is also an Irish claim to the tune, using the title The Girl I Left Behind Me, that also dates to the late 1790s, but no proof can made either way of where it was used first.

- Program Note from Iowa State University Symphonic Band concert program, 20 April 2018


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


Performances

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  • Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) (Christopher Sumner, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) – 17 March 2019
  • Cascadia Wind Ensemble (Abbotsford, B.C.) (Shannon Goldsmith, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • Austin (Tx.) Civic Wind Ensemble (Robert Laguna, conductor) - 4 July 2018
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Symphonic Band (Michael Golemo, conductor) – 20 April 2018
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • Allegheny College (Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Michael Colburn, conductor) - 30 June 2017
  • Aragon High School (San Mateo, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Troy Davis, conductor) - 17 January 2015
  • Milpitas (Calif.) Community Band (Jeff Yaeger, conductor) - 26 January 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Anderson, L. (1950). The Girl I Left Behind Me: From the Irish Suite [score]. Kalmus: New York.
  • Coleman, Ronald O. "Irish Suite." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 568-581. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Leroy Anderson." Accessed 22 August 2015