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Gregory B. Rudgers

Gregory B Rudgers

Subtitle: Fantasy on Red River Valley

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II-III
Timpani (optional Xylophone)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-tom
  • Xylophone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This piece was inspired by grandfather. He was a gentle, quiet and strong man who lived the kind of life that has almost disappeared in these modern times. He was a farmer, handyman, carpenter, dam builder, and just about anything else that someone needed at the time. He kept a team of horses long after tractors arrived on the scene, and traveled to town on weekends in a horse-drawn sleigh after snow had arrived in winter. Though he was not a musician, he loved music and saw to it that each of his three children received musical training. Red River Valley was his favorite song. It is a wonderful; tune with poignant lyrics beginning "From this valley they say you are leaving, I will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile…"

- Program Note from score

A fantasy on the folk song Red River Valley, this stunning composition ranges from dramatic to lush and lyrical and back. All of the forces of the modern concert band are employed to their fullest in this symphonic presentation.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Texas: III. Complete


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