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Irish Tune from County Derry/Shepherd's Hey (arr. Stamp)

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (trans. Jack Stamp)

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General Info

Year: 1918 / 2021
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Irish Tune from County Derry – 4:00
2. Shepherd's Hey – 1:30


Full Score
English Horn
String Bass


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

Although Shepherd's Hey is paired with Irish Tune from County Derry in many editions, conductors should not infer that one piece must be performed with the other. Shepherd's Hey works very well on its own as a concert closer or opener; additionally, it could follow a heavier work to balance the program. Moderate technical facility is necessary to perform this reel with clarity, and there are several flourishes (particularly in the final measures) that performers must approach with maturity and control. A strong performance of Shepherd's Hey is rousing fun for players and audiences alike.

- Notes from Great Music for Wind Band

This special transcription of two popular Grainger tunes was prepared by Jack Stamp in honor of two retiring University of North Texas double reed faculty members. The premiere performance featured retiring and new faculty as well as a large number of University of North Texas double reed (oboe, English horn, bassoon, contrabassoon) graduates.


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State Ratings

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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Miglaro Corporon, conductor) - 23 September 2021 *Premiere Performance*

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