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Clare Grundman

Clare Grundman

Subtitle: A Civil War Suite

General Info

Year: 1961
Duration: c. 9:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.95


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
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
B-flat Contrabass 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
Percussion I-II, including"

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Subtitled Civil War Suite, this excellent work offers a well-balanced and skillful setting of famous Civil War songs including: Kingdom Coming; Marching Through Georgia; The Yellow Rose of Texas; Battle Cry of Freedom; Battle Hymn of the Republic, and others. The treatment of these well-known melodies effectively portrays the emotions of a divided nation.

- Program Note by publisher

This suite -- more of a medley, actually -- was written for the centennial observance of the American Civil War. Nearly all of the songs were composed and published during war years except for The Battle Hymn of the Republic, which was copyrighted in 1857 and was first popular as Say, Brothers, Will You Meet Us? The Battle Hymn of the Republic and Marching through Georgia were popular in the North, while Dixie, The Bonnie Blue Flag, and The Yellow Rose of Texas were whistled, played and sung by the Confederates. Kingdom Coming, Tenting Tonight, and Aura Lee were sung and loved by both sides.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Iowa: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: Junior High A
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • New York: Concert Band IV
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Virginia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eldred (N.Y.) Central Senior High School Concert Band (Brian D. Nivison, conductor) - 6 June 2019
  • Atlantic Wind Ensemble (Ocean Grove, N.J.) (Eliot Prowse, conductor) – 25 May 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Mark Kadetsky, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Oneonta (N.Y.) Community Concert Band (Rene Prins, conductor) – 11 November 2018
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Campus Band (Connor Fetting, conductor) - 29 November 2017
  • Ravenscroft Band – Spring 2015

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Kentucky 1800 (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Longfield) (1954/2006/2017)

All Wind Works


  • Grundman, C. (1961). The Blue and the Gray: Civil War Suite [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [New York].
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 256.