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American Folk Song Suite

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Arthur Frackenpohl

Arthur Frackenpohl

General Info

Year: 1973
Duration: c. 7:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab above.


1. He’s Gone Away – 2:10
2. John Henry – 1:35
3. Go ‘Way from My Window – 1:50
4. Mama Don't 'low - 1:35


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion (4 players) including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Arthur Frackenpohl’s American Folk Song Suite is based on four songs which utilize the “blue” notes -- the flatted third, sixth and seventh degrees of the major scale. He’s Gone Away is an Appalachian folk song that originated in Scotland. It tells a tale of parting and loneliness. John Henry is a “hammer” song about a powerful, steel-drivin’ man who wins a contest with a steam drill but at the cost of his life. Go ‘Way From My Window, is a love-lament from the Ozarks, and Mama Don’t Allow a fast song about all the things mama doesn’t allow, from trombone playin' and bass slappin' to fancy swingin' and two-step dancin' -- but which are done anyhow.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music and Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida: IV
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High
  • South Carolina: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University University Band (Joseph Scheivert, conductor) – 24 February 2020
  • State University of New York Potsdam Crane Concert Band (James Madeja, conductor) – 20 April 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Frackenpohl, A. (1973). American Folk Song Suite [score]. Shawnee Press: Delaware Water Gap. Penn.
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 99. Print.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Arthur Frackenpohl." Accessed 20 April 2016.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 210.