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Jig Is Up, The

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Daniel Kallman

Daniel Kallman

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £60.99   |   Score Only (print) - £5.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Claves
  • Conga
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gourd (with beads)
  • Log Drums (high and low)
  • Maracas
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal, high and low
  • Triangle
  • Vibra-slap
  • Xylophone


  • Timpani & Gourd: Pattern established at "D" should not change in m. 98, 114, 132.
  • Oboe and Clarinet I m. 62, missing accidentals for concert B naturals.
  • Trumpet II: Letter "I" is off by a measure in the part.

Program Notes

My original intent in composing The Jig Is Up was to create a playful, lighthearted tune and dance as homage to composer Percy Aldridge Grainger, whose music for winds I have always admired and whose biography I had recently read. However, as is often the case with the musical treatment of an Irish folk music these days (the main "jig" theme, while an original melody has the sounds and feel of an Irish folk tune), other ethnic elements found their way into the work, particularly in the percussion "jam" that underscores a large portion of the middle and end of the composition. A chorale-like segment comes out of the first jam and then transitions back to the 6/8 tune. With a return to the percussion tutti, the winds build to a unison flourish to conclude the piece.

- Program Note by composer

The Jig is Up was commissioned by the Minnesota Chapter of the College Band Directors National Association, and was first premiered at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Mid-Winter Clinic on February 15, 2003, by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Band, with James Smith conducting.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Minnesota: II
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Daniel Kallman website Accessed 3 September 2017
  • Kallman, D. (2004). The Jig Is Up [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.
  • Wright, Lauren Denney. "The Jig is Up." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 425-430. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.