The Lads of Wamphray Ballad: A Preface
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In 2010, while reading Kay Dreyfus’ The Farthest North of Humanness (selected letters of Percy Grainger from 1901-1914), I stumbled across a footnote mentioning Percy Grainger’s The Lads of Wamphray March (one of my favorite Grainger numbers, and the first example … Read More

Percy Grainger strikes a blow for “the common folk”
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“the composer has wished to express the devil-may-care dare-deviltry of the cattle-raiding, swashbuckling English and Scottish borderers of the period so grimly yet thrillingly portrayed in the border ballads collected and published by Scott, Motherwell, Jamieson, Johnson, Buchan, Kinloch, Swinburne … Read More

Commissions
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Aux Arcs Music completed our first commissioning project in January of 2018 with the release of the Lads of Wamphray for Wind Band and Chorus.

Animated Score Gallery
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Grade 2 & 3 Works « Prev1 / 1Next »Percy Grainger's "Beaches of Lukannon"A Grainger Threesome, Percy Grainger/arr. Chalon RagsdaleIntermezzo Sinfonica from "Cavalleria Rusticana"Percy Grainger's "The Inuit"Percy Grainger's "My Dark Haired Maid"Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon, Percy Grainger, … Read More

New Home
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Welcome to Aux Arcs Music! We specialize in distinctive and exciting arrangements and compositions for the modern concert band.We’re excited about the work we’ve done in the last 10 years to bring arrangements of quality music to bandsmen young and old, … Read More

Why ‘In a Nutshell’?
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“In a Nutshell.” Why did we pick that title? The colloquial phrase means “in a few words, or in a very brief form”, and, when the phrase first entered the English language, referred to “anything that had been compressed, later … Read More

Welcome!
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Welcome to “In a Nutshell”, the information outlet of Aux Arcs Music (pronounced “Ozarks Music”). Aux Arcs Music was founded to provide music for Concert Band showcasing the deep wellspring of music flowing from the pen of Percy Aldridge Grainger, … Read More

Wamphray Ballad Commissioning Project
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Lads of Wamphray Ballad Commissioning Project Aux Arcs Music is announcing the formation of a Commissioning Consortium to produce an edition of Percy Grainger’s 1905 Lads of Wamphray Ballad for Wind Band and Chorus. As the arranger and editor, Chalon … Read More

My Dark-Haired Maid
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My Dark-Haired Maid is a Grade 3, well-suited for the mature junior high or high school band. Duration 3’45″. My Dark-Haired Maid was harmonized by Percy Grainger in about 1899, 3 years ahead of his beautiful harmonization of Irish Tune from County Derry. My Dark-Haired Maid (or Mo Nighean … Read More

The Complete Jungle Book Cycle
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  Our new store is under construction. For ordering information, contact clragsdale@me.com The Complete Jungle Book Cycle by Percy Aldridge Grainger, arranged for band by Chalon Ragsdale. 1. The Fall of the Stone 2. Morning Song in the Jungle* 3. Night Song … Read More