Childrenfs March: Over the Hills And Far Away
Percy Aldridge GRAINGER (1882-1961)
Childrenfs March: Over the Hills And Far Away is the only original work from
Graingerfs military period, the other pieces are revisions of earlier works.
Itfs one of the earliest pieces with the piano integrated in the orchestrafs
instrumentation. As in more of his pieces, Grainger lets the piano player hit
the strings with a percussion mallet. Because the Army bandfs instrumentation
didnft allow the piece to be played originally, Grainger cued bits of the
piano part into several wind parts.
the first time the low reeds were used to successfully balance the woodwinds
against the brass. This technique can also be found in Graingerfs later works
for wind orchestra. As mentioned, this is an original piece, and itfs not
based on a childrenfs song titled eOver The Hills and Far Awayf, as one
may assume. The piece has an enigmatic subtitle: efor my playmate beyond the
hillsf, but Grainger never said who this playmate was. Also worth mentioning
are the optional singing bits, to be performed by the band members.
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