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Shillelagh!

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Jim Meredith

Jim Meredith


General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Shillelagh! (sha-LAY-lee) is a rhapsody based on familiar Irish songs that an Irishman might have heard walking around his village sporting his shillelagh (walking stick). It contains colorful orchestration and would be an excellent choice to showcase any band at contests and festivals.

-Program Note by publisher


This work (pronounced sha-LAY-lee) is a rhapsody based upon familiar Irish songs. The title refers to a wooden walking stick used by Irishmen in rural areas. The first section, marked “Allegro,” features optional solos for flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone, and it begins with unaccompanied flute section and snare drum. The contrasting slower middle section, marked “Andante,” is more legato cantabile. The final section, marked “Allegro,” provides additional optional solo opportunities for flute and clarinet, while the satisfying coda repeats material from the beginning.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist


A shillelagh (sha-LAY-lee) is a wooden walking stick that Irishmen carried as they went about their daily routine. It had many purposes, but no matter what the use, it was always an item of personal pride and status. In honor of this proud symbol, the composer wrote Shillelagh! as a rhapsody based on familiar Irish folk songs that an Irishman might have heard or sang while walking around his village sporting his shillelagh.

- Program Note by the Buchholz High School Wind Symphony


Commercial Discography

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Audio Links


State Ratings

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Recent Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • The Instrumentalist, Vol. 69, No. 2 (September 2014), p. 38