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Ballad of John Ware, The

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Elizabeth Raum

Elizabeth Raum

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Canadian Music Centre
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - C$37.98; (digital) - C$26.99   |   Score Only (print) - C$10.99; (digital) - C$8.99


Full Score
Solo Flute (optional)
Solo Trumpet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet (div.)
Horn in F (div.)
Trombone (div.)
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Ballad of John Ware was written in memory of John Ware.

John Ware (c. 1845 - 11 September 1905), a black man born into slavery in the American South, was a Canadian cowboy who was influential in the early years of the burgeoning ranching industry in Southern Alberta. Remembered for his excellent horsemanship, he was among the first ranchers in Alberta, arriving in 1882 on a cattle drive from the United States and settling to ranch until his death in 1905.

Like any folk hero, there are a wide range of tales about his ability to eat, ride, and shoot, all contributing to the cowboy lore of the time. It is said that he was never tossed from a wild horse and that he popularized steer wrestling, which would then become a highlight of the Calgary Stampede. Ware became one of the most well-respected figures on the Albertan frontier, and is still an important part of Alberta's history.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commissioned by Trudy Fossy and the Calgary School Division for the John Ware Junior High School Band.

- Program Note from composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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