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Suite No. 3 for Wind Orchestra

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David Rackley

David William Rackley

Subtitle: From the Land of the Morning Calm

General Info

Year: 2019
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. MirYang Arirang (Imperial Fanfare & March)
2. Hangang (Han River)
3. Han Obaengnyeon (Five Hundred Years)
4. Ma-eul Chum (Village Dance)
5. Bamnamu (Chestnut)
6. Toraji Trayong (Flowers)
7. Donsiui ga-eul (Autumn in the City)


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
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Suite No. 3 (originally titled Korean Folksong Suite) was composed as a one-movement fantasy for the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific in 1985. The composer selected ten songs he felt could best be arranged for a Western music ensemble. The piece was successfully premiered in Seoul, Korea, in 1986 to enthusiastic reception. It turns out, however, that the Korean audience was simply being polite since most of the folk songs, arranged in Western style, were unrecognizable by most of the people. Only Miryang Arirang and the well-known Arirang (the unofficial anthem of Korea) (seemed to elicit recognition.

The Korean Folksong Suite sat on the shelf until 2017 when the composer decided to develop the one-movement work into seven separate movements The music retains the melodic, unadorned content of the original Korean fold songs (at least to Western ears) while employing contemporary harmonic techniques designed t bring Eastern and Western musics together.

- Program Note by composer


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Works for Winds by This Composer


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