Blow the Wind Southerly: Idyll: clarinet quintet

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Year of composition
Ray Thompson
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
4 minutes
Classical music
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An original composition for clarinet quintet based on 2 Northumbrian traditional tunes: "Blow the Wind Southerly", and "When the boat comes in", origianlly composed for wind quintet. The melody moves around all the nstruments, rather than the top player. Arr Eb Clt,2Bb Clts, alto and bass Clts. (alt Bb Clt for alto) I have tried to write this in the "English Pastoral Style" of George Butterworth and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Blow the Wind Southerly tells the tale of a woman desperately hoping for a southerly wind to blow her lover back home over the ocean to her. Kathleen Ferrier recorded what is perhaps the best-known version of the song in London in 1949. "When the boat comes in" was popularised as the theme tune to the 1970s BBC drama serial "When The Boat Comes In "in an arrangement by the composer David Fanshawe.The series was set in North East England during the 20s/30s. It is also known as "Dance to your Daddy"

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