Hill Song No. 2
Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882 - 1961) wrote his first Hill Song for solo piano starting in 1901. In 1907 he revistied the ideas from his first Hill Song to compose Hill Song No. 2 for two pianos, four hands and later scored it for 23 wind instruments in its most familiar setting for wind band. This arrangement is made from the 1907 two piano setting.
"My Hill-Songs arose out of thoughts about, and longings for, the wildness, the freshness, the purity of hill-countries, hill peoples, and hill-musics -- the Scottish Highlands and their clansmen, the Himalayas and their hill-men, the Scottish and Asiatic bagpipes, etc. These compositions were part of a back to nature urge, and were written as a protest against the tameness of plain-countries and plaindwellers and the dullness, samishness and thwartingness of life in towns. Musically speaking, my Hill-Songs sought to weave the bagpipe tone-type (the skirling drasticness of the “chaunter,” the nasal fierceness of the drones) into many-voiced polyphonic textures. Hill-Song II is the outcome of a wish to present the fast, energetic elements of Hill-Song I as a single-type whole, without contrasting elements of a slower, more dreamy nature."
423.11 - Trumpet in E flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat (one doubles on Piccolo), Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Grade 5 - advanced university / professional ensemble
Full score and parts in PDF available for download.