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 Wind Band Literature Question
Author: klarenet 
Date:   2007-09-17 23:59

I'm currently playing Grainger's Themes From "Green Bushes" on bass clarinet. I know that I've played a band piece based on that theme by some other composer, but I cannot for the life of me come up with the composer or title. Can anybody help me out? Thanks!


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 Re: Wind Band Literature Question
Author: ashemas 
Date:   2007-09-18 02:51

Perhaps you're thinking of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Folk Song Suite for Military Band"? I think it's the second movement which uses the "Green Bushes" tune.

Post Edited (2007-09-18 02:51)

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 Re: Wind Band Literature Question
Author: Mags1957 
Date:   2007-09-18 12:36

It's from Grainger's "Lincolnshire Posy" - the 6th movement. Same theme.

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 Re: Wind Band Literature Question
Author: klarenet 
Date:   2007-09-18 14:08

Ah, everybody keeps telling me Lincolnshire Posy, but I'm positive I've played this piece, and I've never played Lincolnshire. The one I'm thinking of is a lot more legato and a little slower tempo than the 6th movement.

Is that Folk Song Suite the same as the English Folk Song Suite or different? I'll have to check out a recording.

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 Re: Wind Band Literature Question
Author: chumbucket804 
Date:   2007-09-18 14:14

Perhaps it was "Children's March" also by Grainger?

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 Re: Wind Band Literature Question
Author: Jack Kissinger 
Date:   2007-09-18 15:21

I don't know if this is what you played but "Green Bushes" is indeed in the second movement of Vaughan-Williams' "English Folk Song Suite."

Best regards,

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 Re: Wind Band Literature Question
Author: Mags1957 
Date:   2007-09-18 17:12

If you've played Folk Song Suite, that's where you recognize it from. As others have stated, there is a little of it in the 2nd movement (the scherzando, I believe). I referenced Lincolnshire Posy, because it is almost identical in style and tempo to the "Themes From Green Bushes" piece- a very fast 3 (conducted in one) with accents on the first beat. Folk Song Suite has the Green Bushes theme, but it is harmonized differently and played much more legato. It's a great tune, and Grainger and Vaughn-Williams do wonderful things with it.

<edited for spelling)

Post Edited (2007-09-18 18:16)

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 Re: Wind Band Literature Question
Author: klarenet 
Date:   2007-09-18 18:05

It is indeed the Folk Song Suite! Thank you for your help. Now I'll be able to sleep tonight!

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