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Spoon River

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Robert Sheldon)


Subtitle: Based on a fiddle-tune transcribed by Grainger


General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Fiddle
Publisher: C L Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $68.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
English Horn
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Incredible music based on a "fiddle" tune as transcribed by Percy Grainger. Robert Sheldon's delightful arrangement transforms the Grainger music into a exquisite band classic which is destined to become a standard of band literature.

- Program Note by publisher


Captain Charles H. Robinson heard the American fiddle tune Spoon River at a country dance in Bradford, Illinois, in 1897. When Edgar Lee Masters published his Spoon River Anthology in 1914, Robinson was amazed by the similar titles. He sent the folk tune to Masters, who sent it to Grainger. Grainger composed Spoon River in 1922, first as a piano solo and later utilizing elastic scoring, which allowed it to be played by any combination of instrumentalists from three to full orchestra. A version for band was performed in 1933 by Edwin Franko Goldman, but it was never published and the parts were lost.

- Program Note from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band concert program, 2 October 2018


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links

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State Ratings

  • Minnesota - Category I


Performances

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  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (Simon Holoweiko, conductor) – 22 April 2018
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (John T. Madden, conductor) – 22 March 2016
  • Indiana University Symphonic Band (Tiffany J. Galus, conductor) - 31 March 2015
  • Antelope (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Sonora Mello, conductor) - 21 March 2014 (2014 Sutherland Wind Festival, Fresno, Calif.)
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 13 May 2012


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

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