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Children’s March, “Over the Hills and Far Away”

(1919)

Percy Grainger, composer

This carefree and delightful composition is an example of Grainger’s unique scoring for band. Grainger was a great advocate of using more woodwind bass in concert band and in this selection he emphasizes the bassoons, English horn, and bass clarinet. There is also a prominent piano part in which the piano plays a bass role. It was first performed in 1919 by the Goldman Band with Grainger at the piano.

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