Butterworth: Idyll - The Banks of Green Willow - wind dectet

Butterworth: Idyll - The Banks of Green Willow - wind dectet

The original is a short orchestral piece by George Butterworth, probably the most played of his three works for orchestra. It has certainly been his most recorded orchestral work. Described by its composer as an "Idyll", and written in 1913, it is scored for a small orchestra consisting of two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, one trumpet, harp and strings. Butterworth based The Banks of Green Willow on two folk song melodies that he noted in 1907 - "The Banks of Green Willow" and "Green bushes". 

This popular piece is often used on TV in programmes with wholesome panoramic views of the British countryside. It has a relaxing pastoral "English" feel to it.

This arrangement is in the original key so requires 2 clarinets in A. (alternate clarinets in Bb are provided)

I have arranged it for wind dectet (double wind quintet) and bass.
Opt. tuba/contra bassoon.
I have also added an optional cut, avoiding the middle section, so that you can play it as reflective background music..There is an additional bar, to be omitted in the full version, and played in the cut one!

  • score and parts pdf

    Video has restricted instrumentation.

    Score is complete, as screen shot.

    Clarinets in A - alternate Clarinets in Bb are provided.

    Opt bass parts


    Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Tuba, Horn in F, Double Bass, Chamber winds, symphonic winds, dectet, tentet, decet, clarinets in A, double wind quintet, contrabassoon