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Molesworth's Melody

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Derek Bourgeois

Derek Bourgeois

This work bears the designation Opus 175.

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: HAFABRA Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bourgeois composed Molesworth’s Melody in 2005 [sic]. The reference of the work’s title remains unclear -- Bourgeois’ “Molesworth” could depict the Royal Air Force station located near Cambridgeshire or author Geoffrey Willans’ fictional character, Nigel Molesworth. Regardless, listeners will enjoy this pleasant composition comprised of accessible melodies presented in constantly changing rhythmic meters.

- Program Note from Calvin University Symphonic Band concert program, 20 November 2022

Moleworth's Melody is a delightful, memorable work from the late Derek Bourgeois. At times, the music has an elegant, yet subdued tone while moving into a waltz-like setting in other moments.

- Program Note from Ohio Wesleyan University Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert program, 4 November 2018


State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Calvin University (Grand Rapids, Mich.) Symphonic Band (Tiffany Engle, conductor) - 20 November 2022
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, O.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Larry Griffin, conductor) – 4 November 2018
  • Bismarck (N.D.) State College Wind Ensemble (Jacob Lawler, conductor) – 6 November 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Serenade (Flex instrumentation) (adapt. Brand) (1965/1980/2020)

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