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Cajun Folk Songs, Part Two

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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 10:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $195.00   |   Score Only - $37.70


1. Ballad - 5:15
2. Country Dance - 4:55


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Tom Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Continuing and expanding the style of his first set of Cajun Folk Songs, composer Frank Ticheli has written a work in two contrasting movements. The first, Ballad, is a melancholy song fleshed out with starkly beautiful textures and harmonies. This breathtaking movement gives way to a brash and energetic cowboy hoe-down that's delightfully entertaining.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the Indiana Bandmasters Association

- Program Note from score

This work is the second set of folk songs composed as a tribute to the people of the old Cajun culture. Cajuns are descendants of the Acadians, a group of early French colonists who settled in Nova Scotia and were driven south to Louisiana by the British in the mid-1750s.

Louisiana-born Frank Ticheli based these works on folk melodies whose precise origins are unknown, freely combining them with original music. In the first movement, he opens with a personal reflective brass chorale, followed by two different settings of a Cajun folk song. This melancholy Ballad, with its starkly beautiful textures and harmonies, is followed by a brash and lively Country Dance. This music evokes the energetic feeling and style of a Cajun two-step, a form commonly used in the dance halls of southern Louisiana that has stylistic similarities to Scottish folk dances and the American hoedown.

- Program Note from Iowa State University Symphonic Band concert program, 20 April 2018


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: IV
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Minnesota: II
  • North Carolina: V
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Maryland Winds (Baltimore) (Timothy Holtan, conductor) - 29 January 2023
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia) University Bands (Quintus F. Wrighten, Jr., conductor) - 19 April 2022
  • University of Texas at Arlington Symphonic Winds (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • Eastern Illinois University (Charleston) Wind Symphony (Alicia Neal, conductor) - 4 May 2021
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Wind Ensemble Gold Band (Michael Golemo, conductor) - 24 March 2021
  • McClellan College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) - 20 February 2020
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Concert Band (Dana Biggs, conductor; Nathan Morris, alto saxophone) - 17 November 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band (Michael C. Robinson, conductor) – 13 November 2019
  • Idaho State University (Pocatello) Civic Band (Eric Armstrong, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) – 18 May 2019
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Concert Band (Nathan Taylor, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (Marguerite Kreitsek, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (Joshua Neuenschwander, conductor) - 1 April 2019
  • Centenary College of Louisiana (Shreveport) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Hundemer, conductor) – 24 March 2019
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 21 February 2019
  • South Central High School Symphonic Band (David Christianson, conductor) – 26 November 2018
  • The University of Texas at Tyler Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Emge, conductor) - 9 October 2018
  • St. Louis (Mo.) Wind Symphony (Thomas Poshak, conductor) - 30 September 2018
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Cheryl Floyd, conductor) - 27 July 2018 (Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, San Antonio)
  • Racine (Wisc.) Concert Band (Mark Eichner, conductor) - 1 July 2018
  • Union High School (La Porte City, Iowa) Concert Band (Mike Bistline, conductor)- 1 May 2018
  • University of Cape Town (Rondebosch, South Africa) (Alexander Fokkens, conductor) - 24 April 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Frank Ticheli website
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 304-309.
  • Ticheli, F. (1997). Cajun Folk Songs II [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.