Two British Folk Songs

From Wind Repertory Project
Elliot Del Borgo

Elliot Del Borgo

General Info

Year: 1993
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


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
Horn in F
Convertible Bass Line
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Elliot Del Borgo (1938-2013) composed Two British Folk Songs for the 1993 Vestal Junior High School Band Festival — Arden Wellington and Christine Lewis, directors. The piece opens with a chorale-like rendition of the folk song May Day Carol. After two statements of the carol melody, a very spirited Early One Morning begins. While the arrangements of both folk songs are fairly straightforward, heavy use of syncopation, percussion layering and a familiar harmonic language make Two British Folk Songs distinctively Del Borgo.

- Program Note by McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band concert program, 18 December 2013

Written in a slow-fast form, this repertoire favorite from 1993 opens with a lyric section featuring the flutes and alternating with full ensemble chorale-like passages. All sections of the band get a chance to be featured in the fast section which includes a delightful mix of interesting melodies and rhythmic excitement.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Texas: II. Complete
  • Maryland: II. Complete


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  • Del Borgo, E. (1993). Two British Folk Song [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Morris, Donald. "Two English Folk Songs." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 269-277. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.