Home on the Range (arr Barnes)

From Wind Repertory Project
Daniel E. Kelley

Daniel E. Kelley (harm. James Ralston; arr. James Barnes)

General Info

Year: 1873 / 1992
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A contemporary arrangement of the classic American folk tune, harmonized by James S. Ralston and arranged by James Barnes. Starting out in a lush and sustained chorale style using the entire lower brass choir, this wonderful arrangement has a tantalizing ending that is sure to teach your students about phrasing, tone production, and tuning.

- Program Note from publisher

After the song was lushly harmonized by James S. Ralston for his vocal groups at the University of Kansas, noted composer/arranger James Barnes has completed the cycle with this sensitive scoring of Ralston's harmonization for the modern concert band. The song is the official song of the state of Kansas.

- Program Note from score

Home on the Range is a classic Western folk song sometimes called the "unofficial anthem" of the American West. The lyrics were originally written by Dr. Brewster M. Higley of Smith County, Kansas, in a poem entitled My Western Home in 1872.

In 1871, Higley moved from Indiana to Smith County, Kansas, under the Homestead Act. He lived in a small cabin near West Beaver Creek. He was so inspired by his new bucolic surroundings that he decided to create a poem in praise of the prairie. The music was later added by Daniel E. Kelley (1808–1905), a carpenter and friend of Higley.

In 1947, it became the state song of the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010, members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 western songs of all time.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • West Virginia: II


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  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul W. Popiel, conductor) - 25 February 2021
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