Music from the Redneck Songbook II

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Scott McAllister

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General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Lyd Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $350.00


1. Full Pull
2. To the Pines
3. Wilt
4. Cage Match


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Music from the Redneck Songbook II is a multi-movement work inspired by the composer's childhood memories of growing up in the South. The first movement, Full Pull, emulates the mechanical precision and power of a tractor pull. A “full pull” means when a tractor or other vehicle pulls a given amount of weight to the finish line.

The second movement, In the Pines, is inspired by the Southern folk song In the Pines that the composer used in his clarinet concerto X. Many other artists have also used this tune, including Kurt Cobain and Muddy Waters. This movement is in variation form and portrays the story of a mother who found her son’s head deep in the piney woods near a railroad track, but never found his body.

Wilt, the third movement, is inspired by the oak wilt disease that has devastated many of the great live oaks in the South. Once the tree gets the fungus, it shuts its root system down and by doing so kills itself. An optional pedal steel guitar is used in this movement and the Hank Williams (senior) song I’m So Lonesome I could Cry was a particular influence on this movement.

The last movement Cage Match is inspired by the old WWF [World Wrestling Federation] wrestling league in the 1970s and early eighties. The legacy of Rick Flare (Nature Boy) and Dusty Rhodes in a match where a cage is placed over the ring was one of the earliest memories of the composer. The beginning fanfare emulates the over-the-top, flamboyant entrance that Rick Flare would do before a match. Dusty Rhodes was known for his ending blow, the Bionic Elbow move, which the composer uses the first four notes from the old seventies television series, The Six Million Dollar Man to portray musically.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

  • North Carolina: Masterworks


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