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Tintagel Castle

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John O'Reilly

John O'Reilly

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


1. Medieval Castle
2. Guinevere's Gavotte
3. The Lady of the Lake
4. Celtic Lords


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Tintagel Castle – on the wild Cornish coast of southwest England – has a fascinating history. The drama of this jagged coast has inspired many legends including those King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Movement I of this colorful suite depicts the medieval castle that was built on the site in 1233, by Earl Richard of Cornwall.

Genevieve's Gavotte draws on the King Arthur legend, and is a light dance movement that might have been popular in the court of Camelot. The Lady of the Lake is a mysterious movement that quote the early English ballad O Waly Waly which became the popular song The Water is Wide in the eighteenth century.

Being on the western edge of England, Tintagel was the logical stopover for friendly (and not so friendly) Celts traveling from Scotland and Ireland. The final movement depicts a celebration at the castle honoring the visiting Celtic lords.

Commissioned by the music educators of the Ohio Music Education Association District 3 and dedicated to the students of their 2007 Honors Band.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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