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Fantasia on "Danny Boy", Op. 81, No. 3 (2017)

For Mixed Large Ensemble

Recording:

Members of the NMRHS community and friends, Joe Clark, conductor

Duration: 7'

Instrumentation:

  • Piccolo
  • Flute 1
  • Flute 2
  • Flute 3/Percussion 2 (Sus. Cym.)
  • Flute 4
  • Alto Flute
  • English Horn
  • Bassoon 1/Alto
  • Bassoon 2/Tenor
  • Bb Clarinet 1
  • Bb Clarinet 2
  • Bb Clarinet 3
  • Bb Clarinet 4
  • Bb Clarinet 5
  • Bb Clarinet 6/Tenor
  • Bb Clarinet 7 (optional)
  • Bass Clarinet 1
  • Bass Clarinet 2/Alto
  • Contrabass Clarinet
  • Flute 5/Alto Saxophone 1
  • Alto Saxophone 2 (optional)
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • D Trumpet
  • Bb Trumpet 1
  • Bb Trumpet 2
  • Bb Trumpet 3
  • Bb Trumpet 4 (optional)
  • Horn 1
  • Horn 2 (optional)
  • Trombone 1
  • Trombone 2
  • Trombone 3
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium/Tenor
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Sopranino Recorder/(Alto Clarinet)/(Alto Saxophone)/Tenor/Conductor
  • Violin/Tenor/(Horn)
  • Harp/Soprano
  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Alto
  • Tenor
  • Bass
  • Bass

Program Notes:

For the past two years, I've ended my annual summer recital with a piece involving everyone in the recital. This year, Grainger's setting of "Irish Tune from County Derry" kept coming to mind, and eventually evolved into this full-fledged fantasia on the well-known tune "Danny Boy". Grainger's setting is borrowed from heavily in two half-strophes, but otherwise this setting is entirely original.