Londonderry Air: Percy Grainger

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Aussie Tuba, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

    Does any one know the publisher of the arrangement of The Londonderry Air used in the movie Brassed off?
  2. matt_BBb_bass

    matt_BBb_bass Member

    If im correct... I'm sure i herd its not being published anymore? Might be wrong....
  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    I haven't seen credits ever given to the arranger. Surprising, considering the high profile it was given. The truth is out there.
  4. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

    I did play it from published material when I played with Sunnybank and District Band in 02 and it was on published music then, I just don't remember the publisher. My current Band wants to play it, just need to find supplier/ Publisher to obtain it.
  5. MrsDoyle

    MrsDoyle Supporting Member

    I've just been onto the section about Brassed Off on Grimethorpe Band's website, where there is a list of music and a 'click to order' button. Ordering is disabled for Londonderry Air. Just for reference:
  6. Robin Norman

    Robin Norman Member

  7. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    ... but is that the same arrangement used in "Brassed Off"?
  8. bigybsfan

    bigybsfan New Member

    yes, "Irish Tune From County Derry" is the brassed off arrangement by Percy Grainger. but i'm not sure whether you can still get it... but just in case: The Wind Band Version (which is actually the original, it was transcribed for BB by Frank Wright I think) is quiet common and easy to adapt to brass band...
  9. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    Yes, it's still available as Robin said. Entitled 'Irish tune from county Derry' and arranged by Denis Wright. A lovely arrangement - can't be bettered in my opinion.

    However, there are two drawbacks - there's no score, just a solo cornet/conductor part. Also, you need a very secure soprano player as it takes the lead in the second verse. I last played it depping with Grimethorpe in a concert, so no problems there - Kevin Crockford was superb!
  10. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

    Thanks. That does help
  11. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Just to say you have to be rather careful when it comes to Percy Grainger's arrangements. As far as I am aware there were at least 4 versions of "Irish tune from County Derry", including at least one with very acerbic harmonies. (That is not to say by any means that the version referred to above is not the right one, just that it is worth checking!)
  12. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    I had to borrow a copy of the soundtrack to compare it with the recording YBS did (which is the Denis Wright arrangement). They do match. I just find it strange that no reference to Denis Wright or Schott was acknowledged, given the stringent use of material owned by the publisher.