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Maple Leaf Forever, The (arr Clarke)

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Alexander Muir

Alexander Muir (arr. Colin Clarke)

General Info

Year: 1867 / 2006
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mira Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - unknown   |   Score Only (print) - unknown


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II (Horn II optional)
Trombone I-II
String Bass (optional)
Timpani (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle (optional)
  • Vibraphone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Maple Leaf Forever is a Canadian song written by Alexander Muir (1830–1906) in 1867, the year of Canada's confederation. He wrote the work after serving with the Queen's Own Rifles of Toronto in the Battle of Ridgeway against the Fenians in 1866.

Muir was said to have been inspired to write this song by a large maple tree which stood on his street in front of the Maple Cottage, a house at Memory Lane and Laing Street in Toronto. The song became quite popular in English Canada and for many years served as an unofficial national anthem. Because of its strongly British perspective, it became unpopular amongst French Canadians, and this prevented it from ever becoming an official anthem, even though it was seriously considered for that role and was even used as a de facto anthem in many instances.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commissioned by the Intermediate Music Subject Council of the Ottawa-Carleton Elementary Teachers Federation, this grade 2 setting of Alexander Muir’s classic song combines chorale-like material for the woodwinds and brass with a subtle yet driving rhythmic motif in the percussion section. The Maple Leaf Forever is perfect for your Remembrance Day presentation, or as a contrasting lyrical piece at festival.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Maple Leaf Forever, Wikipedia Accessed 14 April 2016
  • Muir, A.; Clarke, C. (2006). The Maple Leaf Forever = Toujours la feuille d'érable [score]. Mira: [Ontario?].