Battle of Shiloh
C L Barnhouse (ed. Paynter)
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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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Wood Block
None discovered thus far.
C.L. Barnhouse's Battle of Shiloh takes a particularly programmatic approach in commemorating one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. This 1862 surprise attack on Union troops resulted in two days of heavy fighting, equally heavy losses on both sides, and an ignominious retreat by the Confederate forces.
Recalling the bugle corps of the period and challenging the talented brass players of his own era, Barnhouse created florid and showy cornet passages meant to be played in a "complete staccato style" for best effect. In the 1888 edition, he included battlefield bugle calls and rifle and artillery parts. Following Barnhouse's 1928 revision, Paynter's 1986 edition leaves such effects as heavy rimshots on the snare drums and unexpected accent marks. However, Paynter noted, "outdoors, consider the use of rifles, shotguns, cap guns, or toy cannons ... On Independence Day, add fireworks or strings of Chinese crackers."
- Program Note by U.S. Army Field Band from CD "The Legacy of John Paynter"
Composer and publisher Charles Barnhouse was born during the final year of the American Civil War. As a result, he came to know many of the veterans and surviving family members of the disastrous conflict, Shiloh. The Battle of Shiloh was the second great battle and the most bitterly fought battle of the entire war. The name came from Shiloh Church, a meetinghouse southwest of Pittsburgh Landing, Tennessee. The battle commenced on Sunday, April 6, 1862, when Confederate troops made a surprise attack that routed the Union troops. The tide of battle changed when Confederate General A.S. Johnson was killed, and General D.C. Buel arrived with 25,000 troops from Ohio. The Confederates, having lost 10,000 of their 40,000 soldiers on the second day of the battle, were forced to retreat to Corinth, Mississippi. Almost 13,000 of the 70,000 Union troops were killed in the two-day battle.
- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music
- Audio CD: United States Army Field Band (Finley Hamilton, conductor) - 2011
- Kansas: V
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- Libertyville (Ill.) High School Band (Adam Gohr, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
- University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony (Bradley Genervo, conductor) - 15 February 2018 (2018 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
- University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, (Brownsville) Wind Ensemble (Saul Torres, conductor) – 19 November 2017
- United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Jim R. Keene, conductor) - 16 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)
- United States Army Field Band (Paul Bamonte, conductor) – 20 June 2015 (Wheeling, WV)
- 234th Army Band (James Cameron, conductor) – 18 July 2012
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Battle of Shiloh (ed. Paynter) (1986)
- Down the Mississippi (as A.M. Laurens) (1904)
- George Washington's Birthday Party (arr. Clark) (1899/1998)
- Harmony Heaven (ed. Paynter) (1921/1991)
- Idaho March (1906)
- Madiera March (1928)
- Messenger March, The (1894)
- Tripoli Temple March (1928)
- Zo March (1910)
- Barnhouse, C.; Paynter, J. (1986). Battle of Shiloh: March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "C.L. Barnhouse." Accessed 21 June 2015.