Irish Suite: The Rakes of Mallow

From Wind Repertory Project
Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson

Subtitle: From the "Irish Suite"

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

General Info

Year: 1947 / 1953
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Belwin Div.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $82.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00

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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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells/Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This six movement suite was commissioned by the Eire Society of Boston for a pops concert conducted by Arthur Fiedler on June 6, 1947. Originally entitled Eire Suite, Anderson wrote it in 12 days. It is dedicated to Maestro Fiedler.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

The Rakes of Mallow is a traditional Irish song and polka. The song is about the rakes from the town of Mallow, a town in County Cork. The song was written about the Creagh family who came from Doneraile, seven miles away.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

“Rake” is short for rakehell, defining a fellow of severely dubious character. In much earlier times, a rake was more admirable: he combined riotous living with intellectual and artistic pursuits.

- Program Note from McNadnock Folklore Society

Taken from his larger Irish Suite, Anderson based The Rakes of Mallow on a traditional 18th century Irish polka. Adopted as a fight song by Notre Dame University, the polka has subsequently been featured in the films 1941, The Quiet Man, and Rudy.

- Program Note from Penn State University Concert Band concert program, 10 December 2015


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • North Carolina: V
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 24 February 2023
  • Karl L. King Municipal Band (Fort Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold Jimmerson, conductor) - 13 March 2022
  • Andrews University (Berrien Spring, Mich.) Wind Symphony (Byron Graves, conductor) - 24 October 2020
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Herbert J. Payung, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 15 September 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Concert Band (Matthew J. McCurry, conductor) – 9 April 2019
  • Cascadia Wind Ensemble (Abbotsford, B.C.) (Shannon Goldsmith, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • Encore Winds (Traverse City, MI) (Timothy Topolewski, conductor) - 7 October 2018
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Symphony Band (Jason Worzbyt, conductor) – 7 October 2018
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (James Batcheller, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Barry Houser, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • Allegheny College (Penn.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Michael Colburn, conductor) - 30 June 2017
  • Vienna (VA) Community Band (Cornelius Young-conductor) - 12 March 2016
  • Creek Valley Middle School (Lewisville, Texas) Honor Winds (Kimberly Cooley, conductor) - 16 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 6 March 2016
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) - 10 December 2015
  • Strongsville (Ohio) Community Band - 6 July 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

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