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Shepherd's Hey (ed Rogers)

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (ed. Rogers)


Subtitle: English Morris Dance Set for Military Band


General Info

Year: 1918 / 1994
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chamber group
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $84.95   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Small Flute
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Side Drum
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Although Shepherd's Hey is paired with Irish Tune from County Derry in many editions, conductors should not infer that one piece must be performed with the other. Shepherd's Hey works very well on its own as a concert closer or opener; additionally, it could follow a heavier work to balance the program. Moderate technical facility is necessary to perform this reel with clarity, and there are several flourishes (particularly in the final measures) that performers must approach with maturity and control. A strong performance of Shepherd's Hey is rousing fun for players and audiences alike!

- Notes from Great Music for Wind Band


In some agricultural districts in England, teams of “Morris Men”, decked out with jingling bells and clicking sticks, can still be seen dancing to such traditional tunes as Shepherd's Hey, which are usually played on a fiddle or a combination of fife and drum. This is one of the many wonderful renditions of English folksongs transcribed by Grainger. Originally penned for an ensemble of 12 instruments in 1911, the band version was transcribed by the composer in 1948.

- Program Note from Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 23 November 2015


Shepherd's Hey was scored for wind band in 1918. The word 'Hey' denotes a particular figure in Morris Dancing. Morris Dances are still danced by teams of "Morris Men" decked out with bells and quaint ornaments to the music of the fiddle or 'the pipe and tabor' (a sort of drum and fife) in several agricultural districts in England. The "hey" involves the interweaving of generally two lines of dancers, which may be symbolized by Grainger's use of two parallel lines of music at the opening of the composition, rather than a simple statement of a theme that then moves into variants.

- Program Note from Windband.org


Commercial Discography


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State Ratings

  • Georgia: V
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Minnesota: II
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


Performances

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  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) (Symphonic Band) (Benjamin J. Diden, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Atlanta,Ga.) (Glenn Moore, conductor) – 31 March 2019
  • University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown, PEI) Wind Symphony (Karem J. Simon, Conductor) - 4 November 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 31 October 2018 (Pickerington, Ohio)
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 25 October 2018
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Jochen McEvoy, conductor) – 9 October 2018
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Robblee, conductor) - 22 September 2018
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall O. Coleman, conductor) – 23 April 2018
  • Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton, Calif.) (Patrick Dandrea, conductor) - 8 April 2018 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Symphonic Band (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 19 April 2017
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 8 March 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphony Band (Zhonghui Dai, conductor) - 22 September 2016
  • Victor J. Andrew High School (Tinley Park, Ill.) (Mark Iwinski, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • Cedar Park (Tex.) Symphonic Band (Jason Robb, conductor) – 2015
  • Bixby High School (Oklahoma) Wind Ensemble (Jeremy W. Parker, conductor) - 12 May 2014


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