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composition / concert band / limerick daydreams

limerick daydreams (band version)

Medium: Symphonic Band
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: October 2005
Duration: 12:00
Difficulty: Grade V


Flute 1/2
Oboe 1
Oboe 2/English Horn
Bb Clarinet 1/2/3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

Horn in F 1/3
Horn in F 2/4
Bb Trumpet 1/2/3
Trombone 1/2
Trombone 3
Euphonium 1/2
Tuba 1/2


Timpani (& tambourine)
Percussion 1 (bells, crotales, temple blocks, piccolo snare drum, xylophone)
Percussion 2 (vibraphone, 2 congas, 2 bongos, marimba,
Percussion 3 (tam-tam, chimes, low tom, snare drum)
Percussion 4 (wind chimes, suspended cymbal, small China cymbal, sandblocks, triangle, bell tree)
Percussion 5 (bass drum, tam-tam)

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Limerick Daydreams Score


Limerick Daydreams for Symphonic Band by Nathan Daughtrey
Download full mp3 recording

Showa Academie Wind Symphony
Eugene Corporon, conductor



Originally dedicated to Dr. Cort McClaren and the UNCG Percussion Ensemble, Limerick Daydreams was the 2nd Place Winner of the 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest. The 12-minute work, scored for full symphonic band with 6 percussion and piano, is based on the Irish reel, Highway to Limerick. The work opens rather mysteriously with fragments of the tune thrown about the ensemble and echoes of a bodhran (a traditional Irish drum) emulated by a dampened bass drum. A raucous drumming section ensues and gives way to the first full presentation of the reel in the flutes. What follows is a series of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic transformations of the Irish tune – some quite playful, some beautifully melancholy, and some majestically resolute.

Featured in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume 7.

conductor quotes

“Limerick Daydreams” is a fresh, beautifully scored journey through dramatic textures and styles featuring several soloists and challenging, delightful percussion writing. This work will please both the ensemble and audience alike.”

Ray Cramer
Director of Bands Emeritus, Indiana University

"Nathan Daughtrey's Limerick Daydreams is a remarkable work of joyous rhythmic celebration, dramatic moods, velvety textures, powerful tensions, lamenting colors and driving vigor. The piece will capture the hearts and minds of players, conductors and audiences alike. It captures what is best of the wind band and allows a glimpse into this gifted composer's talents."

Dr. Peter Loel Boonshaft
Director of Band, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY