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Welsh Rhapsody, A

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Clare Grundman

Clare Grundman

General Info

Year: 1968
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00   |   Score Only - $16.50


Flutes (divisi)
Oboe I-II (divisi)
Bassoons (divisi)
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Welsh Rhapsody was composed in 1968 by Clare Grundman, one of the true masters of early wind band writing. The "rhapsody" is actually in the form of a medley, with several different Welsh folk songs represented. The introduction makes an allusion to the famed Welsh Christmas carol "All Through the Night," but only momentarily. "Jenny Jones" features the woodwind section, especially the clarinets. A cymbal crash announces the second folk song, "To Towyn With Deio" (Towyn is an old spelling of Tywyn, a Welsh city). The song is about a journey from the village of Brithdir through the neighbourhood to the seaside town of Tywyn, and is very popular with choirs in Wales, who normally perform it in Welsh (Wrth fynd hefo Deio i Dywyn). The march-like brass and percussion writing are contrasted by lyrical writing in the upper woodwinds. The rhapsody concludes with a slow, lyrical presentation of "Two Hearts," featuring many soloists and sections which crescendo to a grand forte ending.

-Program note by Joe Cernuto and Tom McCanna

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Florida: III
  • Oklahoma: 3A


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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Kentucky 1800 (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Longfield) (1954/2006/2017)

All Wind Works


None discovered thus far.