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, so as to 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.
- Shenandoah — 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 suite.
This piece has been carefully scored to be a challenging Grade 3, and would be another ideal piece for state contest lists.
The video below shows the score of this work as the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band performs its premiere on March 7, 2009.
Follow along in the score as the MCSB performs it for you.
This work will make an ideal easy-to-master showcase piece for your next concert.