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Hesitating Blues, The

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W.C. Handy

W C Handy (arr. William Grant Still)


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General Info

Year: 1916
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Pace & Handy
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Instrumentation

D-flat Piccolo
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Hesitation Blues is a popular song adapted from a traditional tune. One version was published by Billy Smythe, Scott Middleton, and Art Gillham. Another was published by W.C. Handy as Hesitating Blues. Because the tune is traditional, many artists have taken credit as writer, frequently adapting the lyrics of one of the two published versions. Adaptations of the lyrics vary widely, though typically the refrain is recognizably consistent. The song is a jug band standard and is also played as blues and sometimes as Western swing.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Columbus (Ohio) State Community College Concert Band (Thomas Lloyd, conductor) - 5 March 2019


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