Suite from "The Mikado"

From Wind Repertory Project
Sir Arthur Sullivan

Arthur Sullivan (arr. Clark and Irish)

General Info

Year: 1885 / 2010
Duration: c.10:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: David Irish Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $250.00; (digital) - $200.00   |   Separate Movements (digital) - $50.00


1. Overture/If You Want to Know Who We Are – 3:10
2. Willow, Tit-Willow – 2:10
3. Here's a How-De-Do – 1:20
4. Braid the Raven Hair - 3:10
5. Three Little Maids from School – 2:05


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Solo English Horn (or Solo Alto Saxophone)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Solo Flugelhorn
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass (optional)
Piano (optional)
Harp (optional)
Cello (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Slide Whistle
  • Snare Drum
  • Songbird Whistle
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of fourteen operatic collaborations. It opened on 14 March 1885, in London, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, which was the second longest run for any work of musical theatre and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time. Before the end of 1885, it was estimated that, in Europe and America, at least 150 companies were producing the opera.

Setting the opera in Japan, an exotic locale far away from Britain, allowed Gilbert to satirize British politics and institutions more freely by disguising them as Japanese. Gilbert used foreign or fictional locales in several operas, including The Mikado, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers, Utopia, Limited and The Grand Duke, to soften the impact of his pointed satire of British institutions.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Suite from "The Mikado" was commissioned by Thomas G. Leslie for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Wind Orchestra and had its premiere in February 2010. The inspiration to arrange these five enjoyable tunes came together from an erroneous labeling on a YouTube video claiming Three Little Maids from School to be "circus music." The style sounded very fitting for wind band and was set as a finale or encore for wind orchestra. The single movement was presented to Leslie, who quickly requested several ore movements, turning the work into a suite for wind orchestra. Under the guidance of Anthony LaBounty, the entire arrangement took shape over the next 2 months, with adjustments being made through the dress rehearsal and even after the premiere and recording two months later.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band

The suite contains Overture/If You Want to Know Who We Are, Willow, Tit-Willow, Here's a How-De-Do, Braid the Raven Hair, and Three Little Maids from School.

Commercial Discography

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None discovered thus far.


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  • David Irish Music Accessed 5 September 2017
  • The Mikado, Wikipedia Accessed 5 September 2017
  • Schroeder, Angela. "Suite from 'The Mikado'." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 792-799. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.