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Sheet Music: Country Gardens

TitleCountry Gardens
Alternate titlesHandkerchief Dance
In an English Country Garden
Here's to the Crabgrass
ComposerTraditional English
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyF major
RangeF4–G5
Time signature4/4
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time1:05
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (46 kB) (preview)
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Date added2010-02-07
Last updated2010-02-07
CategoriesDance tunes, Traditional/Folk

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Sunday 7 February 2010

Tune of the Day: Country Gardens

Traditional English morris dance tune

“Country Gardens” is one of the many English folk tunes that was collected and notated by British folk tune revivalist, Cecil J. Sharp.

Australian-born composer Percy Grainger arranged the tune for piano in 1918 as a birthday gift for his mother, Rose. At the ending of a concert in 1918, he played this arrangement, and the audience was so pleased with it that Grainger decided to have it published. “Country Gardens” broke all selling records; in the U.S. more than 40.000 copies a year were sold. Grainger eventually hated the piece, because he was always associated with it.

American singer Jimmie Rodgers has recorded a well-known version of the tune.