Kentucky Harmony

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Donald Grantham

Donald Grantham

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General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 10:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piquant Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - $45.00


1. Rockbridge/Lenox - 3:00
2. Hiding Place- 4:30
3. Enfield/Dublin - 2:40


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Program Notes

Ananias Davisson’s Kentucky Harmony first appeared in 1816 and contained 143 shape note tunes in four-part settings. It is one of the earliest sources of what came to be known as “Southern folk hymnody,” and exerted considerable influence on the many similar collections that followed it such as The Sacred Harp and Missouri Harmony.

Composer Donald Grantham has long been attracted to the spare, rugged qualities of this music, and in a previous work for wind ensemble, Southern Harmony, employed five shape-note tunes in a manner that preserved much of their originalflavor. Likewise in his Kentucky Harmony, five tunes are employed in three movements, and at some point in each movement the tunes are presented in theiroriginal four-part harmonizations. The composer complements this material in a variety of ways, all of which are designed to highlight the most striking aspects of each setting. The intention is to present a free fantasy on the original vocal models that fully utilizes the capabilities of the modern wind ensemble.

Kentucky Harmony was commissioned in honor of Paula Crider’s retirement by former Crockett High School students, the Austin ISD and friends.

- Program Note from Hartt Symphony Band concert program, 10 December 2016


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Grantham, D. (2000). Kentucky Harmony: For Wind Ensemble [score]. Piquant Press: Austin, Tx.