Whistler and His Dog, The (arr Barnes)

From Wind Repertory Project
The Whistler and His Dog

Arthur Pryor (arr. James Barnes)

Subtitle: John Philip Sousa's Favorite Encore

General Info

Year: 1905 / 2004
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contra Bass 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
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Although best known as a trombone virtuoso, Arthur Pryor was also a successful composer. His 1905 caprice was extremely popular when it was first released, and now this new edition for today's concert band will allow a whole new generation to enjoy it. The whistling tune will be immediately recognizable.

- Program Note from publisher

This march caprice was composed for Pryor's own band in 1905. It became his most popular work, demanded everywhere by audiences who whistled along with the band and kept time with their feet. The tune was inspired by Pryor's memory of his boyhood pet bulldog, Roxy, who "was not very responsive to the spoken command, but he never failed to answer to a whistle, even forsaking the joys of a dog fight at my summons."

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 489.