George Butterworth: Idyll: The Banks of Green Willow - symphonic wind/bass
by George Butterworth
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Composed by George Butterworth. Arranged by Ray Thompson. 20th Century,Spiritual,Standards. 52 pages. RayThompsonMusic #4350463. Published by RayThompsonMusic (A0.553781).

"The Banks of Green Willow" 

The original is a short orchestral piece by George Butterworth, probably the most played of his three works for orchestra. It has certainly been his most recorded orchestral work.

Described by its composer as an "Idyll", and written in 1913, it is scored for a small orchestra consisting of two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, one trumpet, harp and strings.

Butterworth based The Banks of Green Willow on two folk song melodies that he noted in 1907 - "The Banks of Green Willow" and "Green bushes".

This popular piece is often used on TV in programmes with wholesome panoramic views of the British countryside. It has a relaxing pastoral "English" feel to it.

This arrangement is in the original key so requires 2 clarinets in A. (alternate clarinets in Bb are provided)

I have arranged it for wind dectet (double wind quintet) and bass.
Opt. tuba/contra bassoon.
I have also added an optional cut, avoiding the middle section, so that you can play it as reflective background music..There is an additional bar, to be omitted in the full version, and played in the cut one!

The 4th mvt of Percy Aldridge Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy " The Lost Lady Found" has a similar tune to "Green Bushes"
I have arranged it for wind dectet

The mp3 is a live performance by Alliance Classical Players of New York on 21 June 2023.

You can also purchase my wind quintet arrangement of "Green Willow".

I have also arranged English Idyll No.1 for wind dectet.

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