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Beale Street Blues

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W.C. Handy

W C Handy (arr. Henderson; adapt. Marshall)


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General Info

Year: 1916 / 1992
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Beale Street Blues is a 1916 song by American composer and lyricist W.C. Handy. The title refers to Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, the main entertainment district for the city's African American population in the early part of the twentieth century, and a place closely associated with the development of the blues. The song was first popularized for a mass audience when sung on Broadway by Gilda Gray in the 1919 musical revue Schubert's Gaieties.

Like many of Handy's songs, Beale Street Blues is a hybrid of the blues style with the popular ballad style of the day, the opening lyrics following a line pattern typical of Tin Pan Alley songs and the later stanzas giving way to the traditional three-line pattern characteristic of the blues.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


This work is also a favorite of the Canadian Brass.


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Charlie Buck III, conductor) – 7 May 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • Beale Street Blues, Wikipedia Accessed 10 May 2017
  • Handy, W.; Marshall, D.; Henderson, L. [199-]. Beale Street Blues [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.