"Volume 3 of the
American Frontier Suite Series"
The American Frontier Suite series
came about as an idea resulting from collecting old music "that everyone
knows." As the quantity of this music began to grow, it fell into fairly
natural groupings, and as of this writing, in early 2008, there are some
twenty suites planned for this series.
Volume 3 in this series covers tunes
popular in the Appalachian regions of America in the 1800s. It includes these five tunes:
Simple Gifts -- One of the most representative and
easily recognized Appalachian songs, this tune was written by Joseph
Becket in 1848. The first time through this tune, it's played with a
unique praise-style beat, designed to get both musicians and
audiences really into the music from the very first.
Sourwood Mountain --
This traditional mountain tune is scored to resemble the type of
music likely to be heard at a barn dance, and the lively beat
infects players and listeners alike. One listener commented, "I
laughed in delight when I heard that tune!"
Black Is The Color -- This traditional pre-1870 lament
is scored hauntingly for a trumpet solo, then later for upper
woodwinds, and should touch people's deepest emotions.
Polly-Wolly Doodle --
Still popular today as a children's tune, this song was already
common and popular when Daniel Decatur Emmett introduced it into his
Minstrel shows in the 1840s.
-- Still as touching and grand today as it was when it was sung in
the late 1700s, this inspiring tune makes a fitting windup for this
This piece has been carefully scored
to be a challenging Grade 3, and would be another ideal piece for state contest lists.
It will also make an ideal
easy-to-master showcase piece for your next concert.
The price of this
piece is $85.00 for the
full score and all instrumental parts, all in PDF
format, so you can print as many parts for each instrument as you need
for your group.
Please see our
duplication policy on our Copyright
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