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Pineapple Poll

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Sir Arthur Sullivan

Arthur Sullivan (arr. Charles Mackerras and William James Duthoit)

Subtitle: Suite from the Ballet

General Info

Year: 1952 / 2005
Duration: c. 12:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


1. Opening Number - 3:50
2. Jasper's Dance - 3:20
3. Poll's Dance - 1:15


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Euphonium treble clef, Mvt. 1, one bar before Reh. 9: B-flat should be first-line E-flat.
  • Euphonium treble clef, Mvt. 4, four bars before Reh. 4: First beat should be dotted-8th, 16th, not 8th, 8th.

Program Notes

The ballet Pineapple Poll is a spoof of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. The plot is based upon The Bumboat Woman's Story of Gilbert's Bab Ballads, which was later developed by Gilbert into H.M.S. Pinafore. The story evolves around Pineapple Poll and her colleagues who are all madly in love with the captain of the good ship H.M.S. Hot Cross Bun. In order to gain admittance to the ship, they disguise themselves in sailors' clothes, a fact which is kept secret from the audience until near the end of the ballet.

According to Charles Mackerras, the British conductor who arranged this ballet, "The score is a patchwork quilt of tunes from most of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Every bar of Pineapple Poll, even the short bridge passages, is taken from some opera or other." Pineapple Poll was first performed in March 1959 by the Sadler Wells Theater Ballet.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Sir Arthur Sullivan was the son of a military band clarinetist who was the first professor of clarinet when the Royal Military School of Music opened in England at Sandhurst in 1857. Sullivan’s light operas, written to William Gilbert’s libretti over about twenty-five years from 1871, delighted the public and made a fortune for both men and their impresario D’Oyly Carte.

The ballet Pineapple Poll is a spoof of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. In 1950, the copyright on Sullivan’s music expired. One of the first to exploit this opportunity was Sadler’s Wells, who staged the ballet set exclusively to music by Sullivan, arranged by a young Charles Mackerras. During the war, Mackerras had played oboe in the pit of a Sydney theater, where they produced all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas except for Utopia and Grand Duke, the only two not represented in the ballet.

- Program Note by the Brigham Young University Wind Symphony concert program, 5 March 2015

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Minnesota: I
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Texas: III. Any movement
  • Texas: IV. At least two movements


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Wind Ensemble (Joe D. Moore, conductor) - 6 May 2021
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Eric Allen, conductor) - 1 April 2021
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott Tobias, conductor) - 30 March 2021
  • Manhattan (N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Sarah Fernandez, conductor) – 7 March 2020
  • Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton, Calif.) Wind Ensemble I (Jonathan Grantham, conductor) - 20 December 2019 (2019 Midwest Clinic)
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Roy Stehle, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • University of Rhode Island (Kingston) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Gene Pollart, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Virginia Wind Symphony (Virginia Beach) (Dennis J. Ziesler, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 29 September 2019
  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Eddie Airheart, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • Harvard Wind Ensemble (Cambridge, Mass.) (Mark E. Olson, conductor) – 1 March 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Concert Band (Patricia Brumbaugh, conductor) - 26 October 2018
  • Mid America Freedom Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (Lee Hartman, conductor) – 20 October 2018
  • California State University, Northridge, Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) - 22 July 2018
  • Austin (Tx.) Civic Wind Ensemble (Robert Laguna, conductor) - 4 July 2018
  • Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa) Concert Band (Bradley Miedema, conductor) - 6 March 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 1 March 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 573.
  • Sullivan, A.; MacKerras, C.; Duthoit, W. (1952). Pineapple Poll: Suite from the Ballet [score]. Chappell and Co.: New York.