Three Ayres from Gloucester

From Wind Repertory Project
Hugh M. Stuart

Hugh M. Stuart

General Info

Year: 1969
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


1. The Jolly Earl of Cholmondeley - 1:20
2. Ayre for Eventide - 2:30
3. The Fiefs of Wembley - 1:00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A three-movement suite written in the early English folksong style, this piece came into being as a result of the composer's fascination with an old 10th century couplet:

There's no one quite so comely
As the Jolly Earl of Cholmondeley.

The resulting three compositions, The Jolly Earl of Cholmondeley [pronounced "Chumley"], Ayre for Eventide and The Fiefs of Wembley, are in early English folk song style and are designed to capture the mood of the peasants and their life on the fiefs of Wembley castle.

- Program Note from score

"Ayre" refers to a genre of solo song with lute accompaniment that flourished in England in the late 1th and early 17th centuries. Throughout the second movement of Stuart's Three Ayres, Ayre for Eventide, this songlike quality (Stuart indicates "much heart") is a prominent feature.

- Program Note from Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Wind Ensemble concert program, 19 December 2022


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Arkansas: II
  • Florida: III
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: III
  • Massachusetts: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Minnesota: III
  • Mississippi: I-A, II-A, III-A
  • New York: Concert Band III
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band C
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III
  • Texas: II. (mvt. 2 and any other mvt.)
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: III
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band.Class C Std Rep


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Maroon & Gold Band (Grant Knox, conductor) - 21 November 2023
  • Eastern Oklahoma State College Inaugural High School Honor Band (Wilburton) (Brian T. Harris, conductor) - 10 February 2023
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Campus Band (Zachary Glaser, conductor) - 25 February 2023
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) Academy of the Arts Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 19 December 2022 (2022 Midwest Clinic)
  • Oberlin (Ohio) High School Concert Band (Ryan Jaeckin, conductor) - 8 December 2022
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (Louis Vadja, conductor) - 24 October 2022
  • University of Louisville (KY.) Concert Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 21 February 2022
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) University Band (Christian M. Noon, conductor) - 27 April 2021
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Lentz Concert Band (Douglas W. Bush, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • University of Texas at Arlington Symphonic Band (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 14 March 2021
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Clay Redfield, conductor) – 11 March 2020
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Gold Band (Dylan Suehiro, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Wind Ensemble (Michael Griffith, conductor) – 25 February 2020
  • California State University Bakersfield Concert Band (Leo Sakamoto, conductor) – 2 December 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Campus Band (Ryan McCue, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Westfield (N.J.) Community Concert Band (Thomas Connors, conductor) – 27 June 2019
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass). (Louis J. Buckley, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Kent State (Ohio) Communiversity Band (Wendy Matthews, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Khrista Towle, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Turlock (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Daniel Baudino, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Honors Gray Symphonic Band (Christopher Hoch, conductor) – 20 January 2019

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