A Canadian folk medley

Composition Date: 2007
Revision Date: 2014
Duration: 00:03:06
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 3 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Saxophone
  • 1 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 2 x Trombone
  • 2 x Baritone/Euphonium
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 4 x Percussion
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Band
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Programme Note:
This is a medley of 3 Canadian Folk Songs...Donkey Riding, She's Like the Swallow and Farewell to Nova Scotia.
Each of these Canadian Folk Songs can be performed individually or as a medley. This provides you with flexibility in rehearsal, introduction of the different musical concepts in each melody and variety for programming. Folk songs help create a worthwhile legacy for our culture as they appeal to generation after generation. The melodies and lyrics provide a window into the history of the cultures that established our country. These folk songs can be used to initiate further study of the genre and societies of the times they represent. Donkey Riding is the easiest, Farewell to Nova Scotia is the most challenging. Donkey Riding is a lighthearted march that should bounce along. Keep the articulation light. Maintain the tempo when the melody moves between sections. Students will need to count carefully to enter on time after each rest. She's Like the Swallow is a well known ballad. Aim for full phrases from the woodwind section with controlled crescendo and diminuendo to shape the melody line. This gives the brass section a rest. Farewell to Nova Scotia also has a march feel to it. There are a number of opportunities to demonstrate your ensemble's control of various dynamic levels. Make sure the melody is clearly audible as it moves from one instrumental section to another. The fortepiano before letter K should be well controlled and be within the same dynamic context as the rest of that section of the piece. The open crescendo at the end of the piece should take the ensemble up to a comfortable forte...not too loud. Any questions - john.wn.palmer@gmail.com.

Commissioned by: Limestone District School Board

Premiere Information:
Kingston, Ontario
Grant Hall, Queen's University
3 May 2007
Limestone District School Board partnership program Band Bash
Conducted by: John Palmer


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1800 P1745ca
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 4, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (15 p.) ;
    15 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 34
    25 parts ([34] p.) ;
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 1 - Donkey Riding
    2 - She's Like the Swallow
    3 - Farewell to Nova Scotia
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