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Yorkshire Ballad

From Wind Repertory Project
James Barnes

James Barnes


General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00  |   Score Only - $8.75


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II*
Oboe I-II*
Bassoon I-II*
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Flugelhorn (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Baritone Bass Clef
Baritone Treble Clef
Tuba
String Bass*
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Timpani
  • Triangles

Parts marked with an asterisk are listed as "optional".


Errata

See Kish book in Additional Resources for errata.


Program Notes

Composed in the summer of 1984, James Barnes’ Yorkshire Ballad was premiered at the Kansas Bandmasters Association Convention in Hutchinson, Kansas, by the late Claude T Smith, who was serving as the guest conductor for the Kansan Intercollegiate Band. Since being published in 1985, it has become one of the composer’s most popular works. It has been arranged for full orchestra and string orchestra by the composer, for marimba and piano by Linda Maxey, for flute choir by Arthur Ephross, and for trombone or tuba/euphonium ensemble by John Bohls.

The composer writes that:

“over the years, many conductors and teachers have called me to ask about the work, and whether the tune itself is in fact a folksong. Yorkshire Ballad is not a folksong, but it is written in that style. I composed this little piece so that younger player would have an opportunity to play a piece that is more or less in the style of Percy Aldridge Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry. Even Grainger’s easier works are too difficult for most younger players to do them musical justice, so I thought I would write a little piece that might emote some of the feelings and colors of Grainger’s wonderful music, but, at the same time, was technically much more accessible to the younger player.” “People always ask me what I was trying to portray when I wrote Yorkshire Ballad. All I can say is that I was thinking of the beautiful, green Yorkshire dales of Northern England; the rolling hills and endless stretch of beautiful pasturelands that my wife and loved so much when, a year before, we had driven through this most marvelous spot in the world.“

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Minnesota: III
  • Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association - C


Performances

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  • Golden Valley High School (Santa Clarita, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Johnathan Grant, conductor) -15 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 13 March 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Showcase of Bands Honor Band (Gary Smith, conductor) – 23 February 2019
  • Kings County (N.Y.) Community Band (Jasmine Britt, conductor) – 15 December 2018
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Concert Band (conductor uncertain) - 18 October 2018
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Concert Winds (Christin Reardon MacLellan, conductor) – 12 October 2018
  • Miamisburg (Ohio) High School Symphonic Band (Steve Aylward, conductor) - 15 May 2018
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) - 13 May 2018
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) University Band (Kelsey Pudlas, conductor) – 2 May 2018
  • West Virginia University, Symphonic Band (Lindsey Williams, conductor) - 17 April 2018
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 18 February 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (MaryKatherine Kuhne, conductor) – 30 November 2017
  • Whitman College (Walla Walla, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Gary Gemberling, conductor) – 12 November 2017
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Symphonic Band (Michael Robinson, conductor) - 27 September 2017
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Katie Heitkamp, conductor) – 21 March 2017
  • University of Minnesota Maroon Band (Lindsay Lundeen, conductor) – 20 October 2016
  • Macalester College Wind Ensemble (Shelley Hanson, conductor) - 22 November 2015
  • San Juan Music Educators Association Honor Band (Dr. Christopher Biano, conductor) - 4 November 2013
  • California State University, Fresno, University Band (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor) - 5 May 2013
  • Carrollton Wind Symphony (Jim Moen, conductor) - 23 October 2012
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 1 December 2001


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Kish, David. (2014). Guides to Band Masterworks. Volume IV. Delray Beach, Fla.: Meredith Music Publications, 2014. pp. 11–47.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 402-408.