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Beach Spring

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Traditional American tune arranged by Andrew Bruhn.

Subtitle: From Sacred Harp

General Info

Year: 1844 / 2019
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This arrangement of the American tune Beach Spring – a longtime favorite of this writer – captures the beauty of this melody and a sense of expansiveness of the American outdoors.

- Program Note by arranger

Dedicated to the Yorkville High School Wind Ensemble, Yorkville, Illinois, Victor Anderson, Director.

- Program Note from score

This arrangement is based upon the American gospel hymn known as Beach Spring from The Sacred Harp, an important tune book first printed in 1844 by B. F. White using the shape note notational system.

Marked "Freely with expression," the style is legato cantabile throughout. The work begins with an unaccompanied clarinet solo, but a second solo clarinet and a solo horn are soon added. The thoughtful scoring is varied, alternating between full tutti passages and small instrumental combinations. This lyrical work ends quietly with a solo clarinet and euphonium duet that prepares the final cadence in E-flat major.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


State Ratings

  • Texas: II. Complete


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