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Reuben and Rachel Reel

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Erin Lilliefors

Folksong arranged by Erin Lilliefors

General Info

Duration: c. 1:55
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Leading Tones Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • C Instruments
  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments

Part 2

  • C Instruments
  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments

Part 3

  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments
  • F Instruments
  • C Bass Clef Instruments

Part 4

  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments
  • F Instruments

Part 5

  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments
  • Tuba


  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Bass Drum
  • Mallets


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Reuben and Rachel Reel is a short intermezzo dance piece. It is originally based on a comedic duet from 1871 written by Harry Birch and William Gooch.

The piece is designed for small school bands with limited instrumentation that may fluctuate from year to year. The composer spent seven years teaching small bands in small communities both in Texas and in Michigan, and understands the struggle of purchasing music that may or may not be able to be played again based on the instrumentation of the ensemble. Therefore, the composer wrote the piece so as to attempt to accommodate this perpetual issue that small bands run into.

- Program Note from publisher

Performance Notes

The piece includes an optional clarinet part that goes above the break and matches the flute and oboe. This part can be omitted or it can be used at the educator’s discretion. The percussion parts are listed in order of importance or can be omitted altogether.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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