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Pineapple Poll

From Wind Repertory Project
Sir Arthur Sullivan

Arthur Sullivan (arr. Mackerras and William James Duthoit)


Subtitle: Suite from the Ballet


General Info

Year: 1952 / 2005
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Movements

1. Opening Number - 3:50
2. Jasper's Dance - 3:30
3. Poll's Dance - 1:15
4. Finale - 3:20


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/ C Flute
Oboe
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
Eb Clarinet
Bb Solo Sporano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

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


Errata

None discovered thus far.


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


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Minnesota: I
  • South Carolina: VI


Performances

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  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 29 September 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
  • 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
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 21 May 2017 
  • Central Valley Winds (Fresno, Calif.) (Patricia DeBenedetto, conductor) – 30 April 2017
  • San Jose (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) – 5 March 2017
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Symphony (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 27 February 2017
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston-Turner, conductor) – 20 January 2017
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 2 October 2016
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 16 August 2016
  • State College (Penn.) Municipal Band (Ned Diehl, conductor) - 8 May 2016
  • Rancho Bernardo High School (San Diego, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Duane Otani, conductor) - 12 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Los Alamos (N.M.) Community Winds (Ted Vives, conductor) – 19 March 2016
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (W. Dale Warren, conductor) – 16 November 2015
  • Marquette University Symphonic Band (Jason S. Ladd, conductor) - 12 April 2015


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • 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.