Kentucky Home

From Wind Repertory Project
David Gillingham

David Gillingham

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I/II
Bassoon 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-III/IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Timpani (4 drums)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells (Glockenspiel)
  • Brake Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Slap Stick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Stephen Foster wrote My Old Kentucky Home in 1852. Between 1895 and 1901 the Edison Quartet recorded the song on a brown wax cylinder and the song became hugely popular. In 1928 the song was adopted as Kentucky's official state song.

Kentucky Home was commissioned by the Psi Chapter, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity, with the request that My Old Kentucky Home be included in the piece. Having an affinity for the songs of Stephen Foster, I was inspired and motivated to write a piece that celebrated the great state of Kentucky and sought to capture the pioneer spirit of Daniel Boone and others who led the area to statehood in 1792.

The piece alternates between a sprightly theme (first heard in the trumpets) and Foster's My Old Kentucky Home which is first alluded to in the slow introduction. The sprightly theme is indicative of the pioneer spirit of the early Kentuckians and, of course, the Foster song reminds us, quite nostalgically, of the beautiful countryside where thousands of people have made their homes. A development section occupies the middle of the piece which includes an array of percussion and a fugal exposition built on a subject utilizing the first two phrases of My Old Kentucky Home. This section drives toward a tour de force in which both themes are united and culminate in a spirited and exciting coda.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Gillingham, D.; Foster, S. (2012) Kentucky Home [score]. C Alan Publications : Greensboro, N.C.