From Sea to Shining Sea (arr. Whitney)

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Augustus Ward

Samuel Augustus Ward (arr. Maurice Whitney; scored Douglas E Wagner)

Subtitle: A Fantasy Based on America, the Beautiful

General Info

Year: 1882 / 1963 / 2017
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $67.00; (digital) - $67.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum

Choir (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

America the Beautiful is an American patriotic song. The lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates, and the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward.

Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, Pikes Peak, first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895. At that time, the poem was titled America for publication.

Ward had originally written the music, Materna, for the hymn O Mother dear, Jerusalem in 1882, though it was not first published until 1892. Ward's music combined with the Bates poem was first published in 1910 and titled America the Beautiful.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

All the rich harmonies and warm melodies of the original advanced setting are still evident in this playable setting of the beloved classic.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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