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Down by the Riverside (arr. Armitage)

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Traditional, arranged by Dennis Armitage

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General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Editions Marc Reift
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - CHF145.00


Full Score
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Cornet/Trumpet (optional)
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Piano/Guitar (optional)
Bass Guitar (optional)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Down by the Riverside (also known as "Ain't Gonna Study War No More" and "Gonna lay down my burden") is a Negro spiritual song. Its roots date back to before the American Civil War, though it was first published in 1918 in Plantation Melodies: A Collection of Modern, Popular and Old-time Negro-Songs of the Southland, Chicago, the Rodeheaver Company. The song has alternatively been known as Ain' go'n' to study war no mo,Ain't Gwine to Study War No More, Down by de Ribberside, Going to Pull My War-Clothes and Study war no more. The song was first recorded by the Fisk University Jubilee Quartet in 1920 (published by Columbia in 1922). and there are at least 14 black gospel recordings before World War II.

Because of its pacifistic imagery, Down by the Riverside has also been used as an anti-war protest song, especially during the Vietnam War.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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