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American Dream, The

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James Beckel

James Beckel

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (Suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This transcription for band represents the excitement and hope that is still embodied in the concept of the American Dream. The slower middle section of this composition makes use of the hymn, “For the Beauty of the Earth.” The intended text is as follows: “For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies, For the joy of human love, This is our hymn of grateful praise.” The opening of the piece is in 4/4 at 120 bpm. Throughout the work there is a changing between double meter and triple meter.

- Program Note by James Beckel

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 21 April 2016
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Charles P. Conrad, conductor) - 1 July 2011
  • Butler University Wind Ensemble (Robert Grechesky, conductor) - 2 October 2005

Works for Winds by this Composer

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