Merry King, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (ed. Loras John Schissel)

Subtitle: English Folksong set for piano and 9 (or 10 or 11) single wind instruments

General Info

Year: 1905 / 2006
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (at will)
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone (or Horn in E-flat)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet (or B-flat Soprano Saxophone)
Horn in F (or E-flat Alto Saxophone)
String Bass
Harmonium (Reed Organ) (at will)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fans of Grainger will especially appreciate the care and research taken to present this beloved folk song setting for piano and chamber winds. It is expressly intended for winds to be one on a part, which creates the clear and colorful sound we associate with Grainger.

- Program Note from publisher

The Merry King was collected in 1905. The piece shines with its simple 16-measure melody. As the piece goes on, the melody undergoes usual Grainger orchestration transformation through each successive verse, and the work incorporates a dream-like piano part that advances and recedes in the texture.

- Program Note by Esther Khew from University of Toronto Wind Ensemble concert program, 2 December 2021


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Grainger, P; Schissel, L. (2006). Nr. 39." The Merry King " : Set for Piano and 9 (or 10, or 11) Single Wind Instruments [score]. Ludwig Music Publishing Company: Grafton, Ohio.