Grover's Corners

From Wind Repertory Project
Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (arr. Robert Longfield)


Subtitle: From Our Town


General Info

Year: 1940 / 2023
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

  • Full Score
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • 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
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Contra-Bass
  • Percussion, including:
*Bells


Errata

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Program Notes

Composed in 1940 for the screen version of Thornton Wilder's play Our Town, Copland used a clean yet distinctive harmonic palette and calming style for the soundtrack to portray pre-World War II homespun values and sense of security. This carefully adapted version uses short soloistic passages mixed with lyric moments for the full ensemble, creating a tender and rewarding setting.

- Program Note from publisher


For the 1942 concert suite Music for Movies, Copland took selections from three of his film scores, The City, Our Town, and Of Mice and Men, to create a five movement suite for small orchestra. Each movement bears a title linking it with the action of the movie. It begins with the evocative and colorful New England Countryside, which is the first scene from the famed 1939 documentary, The City.

The fourth movement, The Story of Grover’s Corners, is an excerpt from the 1940 film score Our Town. Steeped in the Americana sound and spirit that he created in the mid -930s, Copland’s score is a gentle, dignified and solemn work as befits the play’s small-town New Hampshire setting. With its sense of calm and nostalgic evocation of New England hymn tunes, The Story of Grover’s Corners depicts the quiet yet noble vignettes of daily life in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire at the dawn of the 20th century.

- Program Note by Paul Cohen


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