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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (Brass Quintet)

Composer
JOHN W BRATTON arr Philip R Buttall
Year of composition
1907
Publisher
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Brass quintet

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is a song consisting of a melody by American composer John Walter Bratton, written in 1907, and lyrics added by Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy in 1932. It remains popular as a children’s song, having been recorded by numerous artists over the decades. Kennedy lived at Staplegrove Elm and is buried in Staplegrove Church, Taunton, Somerset, England. Local folklore has it that the small wooded area between the church and Staplegrove Scout Hut was the inspiration for his lyrics.

I have kept the arrangement quite traditional, though given most instruments a fair bit to do. Rather than finish with the Trio, I have made a return to the opening, as I personally prefer this, for the sake of completeness.

As with my other brass quintet versions, I have provided a bass-clef trombone part (well, because of the range, it is actually in the tenor clef), and a treble clef Bb version, for any brass band, rather than orchestral trombonists. Also, I have included an Eb Horn part as an alternative for a tenor horn, in the absence of a French Horn.

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