Irish Reel

by Benjamin Britten

Wind band
Woolfenden G (Arranger)
Wind Band
picc.2 fl.2 ob.Ebcl.3 cl.bcl.2 bsn - 2 hn.2 tpt.trbn.tuba - (harp) - string bass - timp - perc(1): glsp/xylo
First Performance
31.3.01, CBSO Centre, Birmingham: Birmingham Symphonic Winds/Keith Allen
Score and parts 0-571-56491-7 on sale
Programme Notes
BENJAMIN BRITTEN IRISH REEL (Wind Band Version) Britten wrote Irish Reel in 1936 as the title music for a documentary film entitled “Around the Village Green”. It is a bravura piece, exhibiting all the energy and strong orchestral colours typical of the composer’s output at that time, which makes use of a traditional reel tune with the evocative title “The Bottom of the Punch Bowl”. Guy Woolfenden’s transcription for symphonic wind band skilfully captures all the fun and sparkle of this ebullient score.

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