Parting Glass, The (Sheldon)

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon

Subtitle: Irish Folk Song

General Info

Year: 2023
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk Song
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


  • Full Score
  • C Piccolo (optional)
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
  • 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
  • Trombone I-II
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Percussion I-II, including:
*Mark Tree
*Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This heartfelt rendition of the beautiful Irish folk song The Parting Glass, arranged by Robert Sheldon, is as playable as it is expressive. The variety of instrumental colors and unexpected harmonies provide moments of warmth, reverie, sentimentality, angst, and resolve.

- Program Note adapted from publisher

Irish folk tunes have always been a genre of music which I have found easy to love, and I doubt I am alone in those feelings. The music is typically quite singable, memorable, and has a way of tugging at our heartstrings. It was for these reasons that I was so pleased to be invited to write a setting of this gorgeous tune for the United States Army's Ceremonial Band to be performed at services at Arlington Cemetery. The drum major of this outstanding musical unit of "Pershing's Own," Master Sergeant Matthew J. Carmichael, is the son of my lifelong friend, Dr. John Carmichael. The world of music is filled with joyous connections to people and music we love!

The setting for the Ceremonial Band had to meet very specific needs and parameters for that ensemble, but the experience of arranging this lovely melody inspired me to write a full arrangement for concert band, something that Matthew suggested. The second half of the piece incorporates some of the original material I used for the Army Band's rendition.

- Program Note by composer

Dedicated to Master Sergeant Matthew J. Carmichael and the United States Army Ceremonial Band

- Program Note from score


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