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composition / concert band / appalachian air

appalachian air

Medium: Concert Band
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: September 2006
Duration: 3:30
Difficulty: Grade II

Instrumentation:

Flute 1/2
Oboe (opt.)
Bassoon (opt.)
Bb Clarinet 1/2
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F 1/2
Bb Trumpet 1/2
Trombone
Baritone B.C.
(Baritone T.C.)
Tuba


Timpani
Percussion 1 (snare drum, bass drum, triangle)
Percussion 2 (suspended cymbal, tam-tam, tambourine, woodblock)
Mallet Percussion (bells, xylophone) - optional

look inside

Appalachian Air Score

listen

Appalachian Air for Concert Band by Nathan Daughtrey
Download full mp3 recording

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble
Jack Stamp, director

notes

Appalachian Air is based on the classic folk tune, The Poor Wayfaring Stranger. With roots from an old irish melody, this song was passed on by word of mouth throughout the Appalachian Mountains for many years. The message carried by the song is a powerful one - although life may be full of woe and sorrow now, there is hope for salvation and a much brighter tomorrow.

j.w. pepper blurb

"From the warmth of the opening chords you begin to sense the breadth of this impressive piece. Based on The Poor Wayfaring Stranger, the first half is poignant and touching followed by a surprisingly exuberant and uplifting second half. The fresh scoring and imaginative rhythmic interplay creates an exceptional artistic work."

J.W. Pepper, Editor's Choice (August 2005)