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Scarborough Fair

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Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Subtitle: Mvt. 3 from Three Folk Song Settings for Band

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Cabasa
  • China Cymbal
  • Crotales
  • Field Drum
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This fiery setting of the well-known folk song starts quietly, then builds to a heart-pounding finish. As this arrangement makes up the final movement of Three Folk Song Settings for Band, intriguing musical references to the previous two movements create added interest.

-Program Note from publisher

Three Folk Song Settings for Band is comprised of three folk songs, each opening with a similar motive of a rising fifth followed by a descending second. This unifying motive sets the foundation for the entire suite, and is used both harmonically and melodically in each of the three movements.

The final movement, Scarborough Fair, concludes the suite with a rousing setting of this well-known folk song, and includes references to the previous two movements.

Three Folk Song Settings for Band was commissioned by Russ Kramer and the Mason City (Iowa) High School Symphonic Band, and was premiered in 2007.

-Program Note from score

This is the final movement from a larger work, Three Folk Song Settings for Band, and is published separately. Though in one tempo throughout, the meter alternates regularly between 6/8 and 3/4 meters. The opening bars introduce a three-note motif of an ascending perfect 5th, followed by a descending major 2nd that becomes a building block for the entire movement. This opening section features brief solos for horn, flute, euphonium, and clarinet, along with a rhythmic pedal in the marimba and colorful splashes of percussion. The movement progressively building to a rousing finale. The otherwise standard instrumentation uses four-part trumpets, four-part trombones and piano, while the elaborate percussion scoring requires a minimum of five players, each covering several pieces of equipment. This well-crafted movement could stand alone or be combined as part of the larger suite.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist, September 2013


State Ratings

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