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Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby
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"Greyfriars Bobby", composed by Sven Markus Hellinghausen, tells the story of a Sky Terrier who became known in 18th century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he himself died on 14 January 1872.

Subtitled ‘The Story of Unconditional Love', the work describes Bobby's life and dedication to his owner. The work opens in carefree mood describing his early times. There follows a short stressful section and the sound of the cemetery bell where he loses his owner. On the grave the dog moans - Clarinet cadence. Suddenly Edinburgh Castle's one o'clock gun fires followed by a short ‘quietness'. Bobby remembers that there are things that still connect him with mankind and the meals in the local public house where in his mind his owner is still living. The music rises as he contemplates the good times and he returns to the graveside to keep vigil over John Gray, his lost owner.

ComposerSven Markus Hellinghausen
ArrangerSven Markus Hellinghausen
DurationCirca 4 mins 30 secs
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 2.5 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
InstrumentationConductors Full Score
Flutes 1-2
Oboes 1-2
Bb Clarinets 1-2-3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophones 1-2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bassoons 1-2
Horns in F 1-2
Horns in F 3-4
Bb Trumpets 1-2-3
Tenor Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Drum Set
Tubular Bells
Bass Guitar
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Product Code: SM619
27/01/2016 - A great piece of music written by the new young german composer Sven M. Hellinghausen. Full of emotions and based on a true story, the piece sounds in total like unconditional Love. - Comment by Thomas

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