Irish Suite: The Girl I Left Behind Me

From Wind Repertory Project
Leroy Anderson

Traditional (arr. Leroy Anderson)

Subtitle: From the Irish Suite

This work is the sixth movement of the composer's Irish Suite.

General Info

Year: 1950 / 2009
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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 Contra Alto 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 I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


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


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (German Gonzalez, conductor) - 17 September 2023
  • W.D. Packard Concert Band (Warren, Ohio) (Galen Karricker, conductor) - 12 February 2023
  • Raritan Valley Symphonic Band (Bridgewater Township, N.J.) (Christopher G. Sumner, conductor) – 23 April 2019 (ACB 2019 Annual Convention (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.))
  • 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

Adaptable Music

  • Sleigh Ride (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Fernie) (1948/)
  • Sleigh Ride (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Torskangerpoll) (1948/2020)

All Wind Works


  • 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
  • Leroy Anderson website Accessed 14 May 2021