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.
This work will make an ideal easy-to-master showcase piece for your next concert.