Irish Suite: The Irish Washerwoman

From Wind Repertory Project
Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson

Subtitle: From the Irish Suite

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

General Info

Year: 1953
Duration: c. 3:04
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
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 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
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Irish Washerwoman, the first movement of Leroy Anderson’s Irish Suite, combines folk material with the composer’s own whimsicality. The score was commissioned by the Eire Society of Boston and carries a dedication to Arthur Fiedler, who conducted its first performance on June 6, 1947, at Symphony Hall in Boston. The complete suite includes six melodies which range from the nostalgic to the humorous, from the plainly sentimental to the purely exuberant. Although the melodies come from overseas, the brilliant Irish Suite is typical of Anderson’s nimble orchestration, ingenious charm, and happy inventiveness. This opening movement is a jig; brisk in tempo and gay in mood.

- Program Note from publisher


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
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) David Bruce Adams, conductor) - 12 March 2023
  • Bluewater Wind Ensemble (Sarnia, Ont., Can.) (Charles Dalmas, conductor) 20 October 2022
  • Tri-State Wind Symphony (Dubuque, Iowa) (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - 28 July 2022
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (German Gonzalez, conductor) - 3 July 2022
  • Triton College (River Grove, Ill.) Community Band (Dana Legg, conductor) – 9 March 2020
  • Raleigh (N.C.) Concert Band (Lem Hardy, conductor) – 15 June 2019
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) – 9 June 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
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Richard Wyman, conductor) – 18 March 2018
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Sharon Toulouse, conductor) – 25 April 2017
  • Foothill Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) – 12 March 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Garson Olivieri, conductor) – 5 March 2017
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 6 March 2016
  • Amador County (Sutter Creek, Calif.) Concert Band (Irv Gidding, conductor) - 8 June 2013
  • Sacramento Symphonic Winds (Lester E. Lehr, conductor) - 6 April 2013 (ACB’s 35th Annual Convention (San Ramon, Calif.))
  • Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony (Colorado Springs, Co.) (Kenneth P. Soper, conductor) - 2013

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. (1953). The Irish Washerwoman: From The Irish Suite [score]. Mills Music: 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.
  • Leroy Anderson website Accessed 14 May 2021