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Erie Canal

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Maurice Whitney (on a melody by Thomas S Allen)

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General Info

Year: 1955
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

The melody Low Bridge, Everybody Down was written in 1905 by Thomas S Allen and copyrighted, melody and verse, in 1912. The song depicts traveling on the Erie Canal in New York during the mule-pulling days.

Whitney published The Erie Canal in 1955 based on Low Bridge, Everybody Down and gives it a “full symphonic treatment, including tempo changes, frequent key modulations, extended harmonies, and all manner of instrumental color.”

- Program Note from Wind Band Literature

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Pease, Andy. “The Erie Canal by Maurice Whitney.” Wind Band Literature, 3 July 2019. Web.] Accessed 12 July 2019
  • Whitney, M. (1955). The Erie Canal [score]. C. Fischer: New York.