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Irish Suite: The Wearing of the Green

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Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson (arr. Douglas E Wagner)


Subtitle: From The Irish Suite


General Info

Year: 1947 / 2009
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Ballad
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $82.00; (digital) - $82.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
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
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This wonderful setting was not a part of the original Irish Suite for orchestra but was added later. Unlike the original four movements, it was not rescored for band until now, but this rollicking dialog between woodwind and brass sections was well worth the wait.

- Program Note from publisher


To Arthur Fiedler.

- Program Note from score


The Wearing of the Green is an Irish street ballad lamenting the repression of supporters of the Irish Rebellion of 1798. It is to an old Irish air, and many versions of the lyric exist, the best-known being by Dion Boucicault. The song proclaims that "they are hanging men and women for the wearing of the green".

The revolutionary Society of United Irishmen adopted green as its colour, and supporters wore green-coloured garments, ribbons, or cockades. In some versions, the "green" being worn is shamrock rather than fabric.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Media


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Texas: III. Complete


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