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Wild Atlantic Way, The

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BJ Brooks

BJ Brooks

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Wild Atlantic Way was inspired by a trip to Ireland. During my tour with the Amarillo Concert Girl Choir we traveled along the west coast of Ireland, performing in a variety of majestic cathedrals and castles and experiencing the extraordinary beauty of that land. The route along the western coast is called The Wild Atlantic Way. It was in one local music store that an idea came to mind while looking through folk music that had been collected from nineteenth century and early twentieth century Irish villages.

I coordinated the collection of songs with a map of the WAW and 10 of the tunes matched perfectly. The locations, from south to north, are: Schull, Castle Donovan, Bantra, Bantry, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher, Ballyvaughan, Westport, Ballycastle, and Ballysadare. The melodies are heard as a quasi theme and variations with each tune moving directly to the next. The Wild Atlantic Way was written to capture the spirit of the western Irish coast.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • B.J. Brooks, personal correspondence, February 2020
  • Octatone website Accessed 24 January 2020