Willow Tree, The (arr Sweeney)

From Wind Repertory Project
Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin

Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin (arr. Michael Sweeney)

General Info

Year: 1995 / 2018
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat 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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam Tam (medium)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Although this haunting tune has the flavor and sentiment of a traditional Irish folk song, it was composed in 1995 by multifaceted artist Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin. Her inspiration for the song was the idea that when we are happy or sad, the elements and the natural world are aligned with our feelings. From the wistful lyrics of the song: “Down by the river there's a tall willow tree, who weeps all night for you and me.” This evocative setting for band follows this sentiment through peaks and valleys of sound and emotion.

- Program Note from publisher

The Willow Tree was inspired by the idea that nature and humans have the same consciousness — when we are happy or sad, the elements and the natural world are aligned with our feelings. The tree known as the weeping willow is so called because it weeps for us day and night. The song was also inspired by old mythological stories from Ireland, including the love story The Wooing of Etain.

Down by the river,
there’s a tall willow tree, Who weeps all night
for you and me.
And it’s lay down low, my love...

- Program Note from VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band concert program, 21 December 2018


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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