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Barn Dance and Cowboy Hymn

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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

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General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G & M Brand
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A brilliantly inventive miniature from this gifted British composer. Philip Sparke takes the famous dance, but gives it new twists and turns of rhythm and metre. Halfway through the Cowboys are heard singing in the distance, and everything stops for a moment. Dance interjections cut through the tranquility, and soon everything starts up again.

- Program Note by publisher

Barn Dance and Cowboy Hymn features long, flowing hymn tune surrounded by a lively, rhythmically varied collection of American folk and folklike melodies. Also marked by rapidly changing meters, the dance tunes are at times handled in a Charles Ives manner, with overlays of melodic material

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Philip Sparke website
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 557.
  • Sparke, P. (1985). Barn Dance and Cowboy Hymn [score]. G. & M. Brand Publications: Wingrave, England.