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    • Order numbers: AM 72-010
      Hal Leonard # 4000169
      Study Score: AM 72-431
      Hal Leonard # 4000169
    • Instrumentation: wind orchestra
    • Duration: 17'
    • Grade: 4
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The Wind in the Willows

Johan de Meij
 
 

“For those who keep the spirit of youth alive in them”
 
“A book for those who keep the spirit of youth alive in them; of life, sunshine, running water, woodlands, dusty roads, winter firesides” said author Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) about his children’s book The Wind in the Willows. Initially, he wrote the stories about Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad to read to his visually handicapped son Alistair, but after the publication in book form in 1908, it became a worldwide success. It was later also turned into a film and a television series. What appeals to me most is the friendly, very cosy atmosphere that Grahame has managed to create with his optimistic narrative style full of high spirits, an atmosphere that reminds me of my own carefree youth. It was therefore a great pleasure to set this book to music!

The four movements successively describe:

I. River

The river, which flows through the habitat of the animals like a lifeline, regularly is the scene of pleasant boat trips and picnics. The animals lead their untroubled lives here. The four-tone main motif [A-C-D-C] is extensively presented by the brass section, and returns in the following movements as a countermelody.

II. Ratty and Mole

The bright, energetic Rat and the melancholy doubter Mole are inseparable friends and have many adventures. Their opposite characters are illustrated by separate musical themes.

III. Mister Toad

The wilful, haughty Mister Toad is indeed a unique case: time after time, he runs into tricky situations, and with his indomitable passion for fast – preferably stolen – cars he causes quite a lot of damage…

IV. The Return of Ulysses

After Toad Hall, the majestic residence of Mister Toad, is recovered from the weasels and stoats of the Wild Wood, who had captured the estate in a cowardly way, our friends get ready for a banquet. They celebrate the victory with a triumphant parade, and so both the book and the music conclude with a happy ending.

Johan de Meij
Amsterdam, april 2002

Instrumentation
1. Piccolo
8. Flutes I/II
2. Oboes I/II
1. English Horn (F)
2. Bassoons I/II

1. Eb Clarinet
6. Bb Clarinet I
6. Bb Clarinet II
6. Bb Clarinet III
1. Eb Alto Clarinet
1. Bb Bass Clarinet

2. Eb Alto Sax I
2. Eb Alto Sax II
2. Bb Tenor Sax
1. Eb Baritone Sax

3. F Horn I/III
3. F Horn II/IV
3. Bb Trumpet I
3. Bb Trumpet II
3. Bb Trumpet III

2. Trombone I (C)
2. Trombone II (C)
2. Trombone III (C)
2. Baritone/Euphonium B.C. (C)
2. Baritone/Euphonium T.C. (Bb)
4. Basses (C)
1. String Bass
1. Timpani [+ Water Tam-tam]
2. Percussion I -  Snare Drum, Tom-tom, Triangle, Small Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Whip, Temple Block.
2. Percussion II - Tam-tam, Suspended Cymbal, Sleigh Bells, Finger Cymbals, Bass Drum + Cymbals, 2 Cymbals, Bells, Triangle.
4. Mallets - Tubular Bells, Bells, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Marimba, Crotales, Taxi Horn
2. Piano & Harp

Additional Parts [for European countries only]
2.   Eb Horn I/III
2.   Eb Horn II/IV

1. Bb Trombone I (T.C.)
1. Bb Trombone I (B.C.)
1. Bb Trombone II (T.C.)
1. Bb Trombone II (B.C.)
1. Bb Trombone III (T.C.)
1. Bb Trombone III (B.C.)

2. Bb Baritone/Euph. (B.C.)
 
1. Eb Bass Tuba  (T.C)
1. Eb Bass Tuba  (B.C)
1. Bb Bass Tuba  (T.C)
2. Bb Bass Tuba  (B.C)