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Mannin Veen: Dear Isle of Man

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Haydn Wood

Haydn Wood

Subtitle: A Manx Tone Poem

General Info

Year: 1933
Duration: c. 10:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $110.00   |   Score Only (Condensed) - $5.95


Condensed Score
Flute I-II-III (III is a substitute for E-flat Clarinet)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (doubles the Bass Saxophone part)
Soprano Saxophone (in newer editions)
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bass Saxophone (doubles the Contrabass Clarinet part)
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
B-flat Flugelhorn I-II (in older editions)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Organ (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Snare Drum


The following errors are in the PARTS:

  • Flute I: m. 224, last two notes should be D-E (not E-F)
  • Flute III: m. 18, beat 1, F should read E
  • Oboe I: m. 278, first note should be Eb (not C) / m. 285, fourth note should be E (not F)
  • Oboe II: m. 285, first note should be C-natural (not Cb) / m. 319, Add half-note A on the third beat
  • Bassoon II: m. 287, second note should be Db (not D-natural)
  • Solo Clarinet: m. 239, beat 2, eighth note should read sixteenth note / m. 243, beat 1, eighth note should read sixteenth note
  • Clarinet II: m. 51, change articulation from dots to dashes
  • Clarinet III: m. 51, dynamics should be mp (not mf)
  • Alto Saxophone: m. 199-204, there should be a slur over these measures
  • Baritone Saxophone: m. 51, there should be four measures of rest, not one / m. 140, there should be an “sf” over the last note / m. 243, add accent mark on the third beat / m. 291, first note should be a half note (not a quarter note)
  • Cornet I: m. 68, remove the slur over the second beat / m. 291, third note should be an Eb (not E-natural)
  • Flugelhorn I: m. 139, second note should be F# (not G)
  • Horn II: m. 245, third note should be D (not E)
  • Horn IV: m. 286, add natural to first note to cancel previous sharp
  • Trombone I: m. 198, add designation “remove mute” / m. 228, add dynamic “p”
  • Trombone II-III: m. 198, add designation “remove mute”
  • Euphonium T.C.: m. 102, cue note should be a half not (not a whole note)
  • Organ: m. 296, R.H., last two beats, top notes should be E-F (not D-E) / m. 311, L.H., bottom note should be D-natural (not Db) / m. 312, L.H., bottom note should be Db (not D-natural)

Program Notes

This work, based on Manx folksongs, is founded on four of those tunes. The first, The Good Old Way, is an old and typical air written mostly in the Dorian mode. The second, which introduces the lively section of the work, is a reel – The Manx Fiddler. The third tune, Sweet Water in the Common relates to the practice of summoning a jury to decide questions concerning water rights, boundaries, etc. The fourth and last is a fine old hymn, The Harvest of the Sea, sung by the fishermen as a song of thanksgiving after their safe return from the fishing grounds.

- Program Note by Haydn Wood

Mannin Veen, published in 1937, is a classic band work of the post-Holst, pre-Hindemith era of band works; it draws on the composer’s experiences of Manx culture when his family lived on the Isle of Man, an autonomous island “Crown Dependency” situated between Ireland and the English mainland in the Irish Sea. The composition exhibits both symphonic grandeur and Celtic tunefulness, often featuring the principal clarinet.

- Program Note by Cal State Los Angeles Wind Ensemble concert program, 13 March 2014

Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man, was a holiday mecca in Victorian times for people from Northern England. Even before Haydn Wood (1882-1959) was born, his family had regularly journeyed there from Slaithwaite, Yorkshire. At the beginning of the 1885 tourist season, Haydn's elder brother Harry was hired as leader and soloist of the large orchestra at the Falcon Cliff Castle in Douglas. That summer, Sabra Wood brought the entire family, including her little son Haydn, age 3, to proudly watch and listen to Harry and the orchestra. From the age of 7, Haydn studied the violin with Harry. He loved being a member of Harry's Students Orchestra and performed regularly on the Isle of Man.

By the late 1920s, Haydn Wood was becoming known as a conductor of his own music, and he conducted concerts at the Palace from then and throughout the 1930s. On June 19, 1927, in a huge Manx (the common demonym for the Isle of Man) Celtic Concert in which Harry was greatly involved, he conducted the Palace Orchestra in A Health to All Who Cross the Main for baritone, chorus and orchestra, with lyrics by Manxman Henry Hanby Hay, which he had composed expressly for the Manx Homecoming Celebration.

It was not until 1931 that Haydn Wood started composing his large-scale Manx orchestral pieces. The first of these to be played in Douglas was Mannin Veen, on July 9, 1933, conducted by the composer in an exciting concert which included the second and third movements of his new Concerto for Violin, performed by the Spanish violinist Antonio Brosa with the Palace Grand Orchestra. Mannin Veen was eventually published in 1937 and is a classic band work of the post-Holst, pre-Hindemith era of band works; it draws on the composer’s experiences of Manx culture when his family lived on the Isle of Man, this autonomous island situated between Ireland and the English mainland in the Irish Sea. The composition exhibits both symphonic grandeur and Celtic tunefulness, often featuring the principal clarinet.

On the occasion of the first BBC broadcast in February 1933 of Mannin Veg Veen, Haydn Wood was quoted as saying to the Isle of Man Times: “The critics were struck by the beauty of the national airs. I feel very proud and gratified that our tunes are so appreciated … It was my original intention to call the work Mannin Veg Veen (Dear Little Isle of Man) but I found that people would insist on pronouncing ‘veg’ as a waiter does in a cheap restaurant when he bawls down the lift for ‘meat and a couple of veg.’ I decided to abandon the ‘potatoes and peas’ portion of the title.”

- Program Note from University of North Texas Wind Ensemble concert program, 8 October 2019

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida: V --- (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as "significant literature.")
  • Minnesota: I
  • South Carolina: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwabe, conductor) – 8 March 2020
  • Charles River Wind Ensemble (Lexington, Mass.) (Matthew Marsit, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Frederick Harris, Jr., conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Connecticut (Fairfield) Symphonic Winds (Charles Brian Depaul, conductor) - 16 November 2019
  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tenn.) Wind Symphony (Ken Parsons, conductor) - 13 October 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Cook, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • Middlesex Concert Band (Wakefield, Mass.) (Joseph Nuccio, conductor) – 8 June 2019
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 16 June 2019
  • Middlesex Concert Band (Wakefield, Mass.) (Mark E. Olson, conductor) – 2 June 2019
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (Manitowoc, Wisc.) (Marc Sackman, conductor) – 2 March 2019
  • Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Boston) (Michael Mucci, conductor) – 18 December 2018
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Paul, conductor) – 10 November 2018
  • Kent State (Ohio) Wind Ensemble Chamber Winds (Jesse Leyva, conductor) – 22 March 2018
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 4 March 2018
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 15 February 2018
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Concert Winds (Christian Reardon MacLellan, conductor) – 31 January 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Wind Symphony (Michael Butler, conductor) – 7 December 2017
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 10 October 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • The Haydn Wood Music Library and Archive
  • Kopetz, Barry. (1994). "Interpreting Wood's Mannin Veen." The Instrumentalist 48 (January 1994): 30-40.
  • Robinson, David D. (2009). "Mannin Veen. Haydn Wood (1882-1959)." In Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume 7, pp. 703-713. Edited by Richard Miles. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2009.
  • Wood, H. (1933). Mannin Veen [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [s.l.]