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Irish Tune from County Derry

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger


General Info

Year: 1918 / 2001
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Suspended cymbal


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Grainger's Irish Tune from County Derry has stood the test of time for a number of reasons: colorful sonorities, straightforward accessibility, and a memorable climax. It is also a versatile piece, playable by both younger band and mature players, symphonic bands and wind ensembles. Irish Tune could balance a heavier work on the concert program, or it could be a thoughtful closing piece just before intermission. The broad appeal of this piece will undoubtedly assure its position atop the wind band repertoire for years to come.

- Program Note from Great Music for Wind Band


No. 20 of British Folk-Music Settings.
Lovingly and reverently dedicated to the memory of Edvard Grieg.

- Program Note from score


This tune was collected by Miss J. Ross, of New Town, Limavady, Co. Derry, Ireland, and published in The Petrie Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland, Dublin, 1855.

- Program Note from score


For the following beautiful air I have to express my very grateful acknowledgment to Miss J. Ross, of N.-T.-Limavady, in the county of Londonderry — a lady who has made a large collection of the popular unpublished melodies of that county, which she has very kindly placed at my disposal, and which has added very considerably to the stock of tunes which I had previously acquired from that still very Irish county. I say still very Irish, for though it has been planted for more than two centuries by English and Scottish settlers, the old Irish race still forms the great majority of its peasant inhabitants; and there are few, if any, counties in which, with less foreign admixture, the ancient melodies of the country have been so extensively preserved. The name of the tune unfortunately was not ascertained by Miss Ross, who sent it to me with the simple remark that it was " very old," in the correctness of which statement I have no hesitation in expressing my perfect concurrence.

- Program note by George Petrie


Irish Tune from County Derry (published 1918) is based on earlier settings that date back as early as October 1902 with an essentially identical setting of this melody for wordless mixed chorus. Later versions for solo piano (1911) and string orchestra with two optional horns (1912) followed. The wind band setting is cataloged as British Folk Music Setting Nr. 20, and like all his settings of British folk music is “lovingly dedicated to the memory of Edvard Grieg.” The composer’s brief program note states, “This tune was collected by Miss J. Ross, of New Town, Limavady, Co Derry, Ireland and published in The Petrie Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland, Dublin, 1855.”

- Program Note by R. Mark Rogers


Commercial Discography


Audio Links

North Texas Wind Symphony (Eugene Corporon, conductor)


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Kansas: V
  • Michigan: SENIOR HIGH CLASS AA
  • Mississippi: CLASSES 4A, 5A, & 6A
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • Delaware Winds (Dover) (Jordan E. Kinsey, conductor) - 29 October 2019
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 9 May 2019
  • Los Banos High School Concert Band (Danielle Cavazos, conductor) - 16 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan Beckett, conductor) - 3 March 2019
  • North Lamar High School (Paris, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Randy Jones, conductor) - 15 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Kishwaukee Concert Band (Dekalb,Ill.) (Ronnie Wooten, conductor) – 14 October 2018
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Kelvin Jones, conductor) – 24 April 2018
  • University of California, Berkeley, Wind Ensemble (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 22 April 2018
  • Syracuse University (NY) Wind Ensemble (Mark Anderson, graduate conductor) - 19 April 2018
  • Clovis (Calif.) West High School Wind Symphony (Bryan Chesi, conductor) - 13 April 2018 (2018 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Ithaca College Wind Ensemble (Ithaca, N.Y.) (Aaron Burgess, conductor) - 5 April 2018
  • Clovis (Calif.) West High School Wind Symphony (Bryan Chesi, conductor) -17 March 2018 (2018 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Day City (Calif.) AllStars (Diana Gomez, conductor) – 17 March 2018
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 4 March 2018
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (John Carmichael, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Bolin, conductor) – 25 February 2018
  • Los Alamos (N.M.) Community Winds (Ted Vives, conductor) – 24 February 2018
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 22 February 2018
  • University of Minnesota High School Honor Band (Emily Threinen, conductor)– 21 January 2018
  • Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, Md.) Preparatory Wind Band (Karen Seward, conductor) – 16 December 2017


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