My Old Kentucky Home

From Wind Repertory Project
Edwin Franko Goldman

Edwin Franko Goldman (arr. Theodore Moses Tobani)

Subtitle: Fantasia. For Cornet, Clarinet or Baritone Solo

General Info

Year: 1915
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
Solo Cornet
Solo Clarinet
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night! is an anti-slavery ballad originally written by Stephen Foster, probably composed in 1852. It was published as in January 1853 by Firth, Pond, & Co. of New York. Foster likely composed the song after having been inspired by the narrative of popular anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, while likely referencing imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky, farm called Federal Hill.

In Foster's sketchbook, the song was originally entitled Poor Uncle Tom, Good-Night!, but was altered by Foster as My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night! Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist, wrote in his 1855 autobiography My Bondage and My Freedom that the song "awakens sympathies for the slave, in which antislavery principles take root, grow, and flourish".

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Marches and cornet solos are still basic in the band’s repertoire, and they are still, at least so far as a general audience in concerned, by far the most popular items the band plays.

Richard Franko Goldman, The Wind Band (1962)

Since the mid-nineteenth century, the keyed bugle, and later the cornet, reigned as the prominent solo instrument in American wind bands. The tradition of cornet soloists on wind band concerts began with Patrick Gilmore’s band featuring such soloists as Matthew Arbuckle, Jules Levy, Sr., and Herbert L Clarke. The tradition carried over to the Sousa and Goldman bands, as the finest cornet soloists in the world were featured on most programs. Over the years, there were a total of eighteen cornet soloists with the Goldman Band. James Burke was the most frequently featured soloist over the course of twenty-seven seasons, from 1943 to 1970. Other soloists were Del Staigers from 1927–1934 and again in 1942, Frank Elsass from 1934–1940, and Leonard B. Smith from 1936–1941. Richard Goldman expanded on this long-standing tradition in 1961 by adding a trumpet soloist. Mel Broiles was the first trumpet soloist with the Goldman Band and performed many of the great standard trumpet solos as well as his own compositions.

The most often programmed solo for cornet was The Carnival of Venice by Arban (126 performances), followed by Inflammatus from Rossini’s Stabat Mater (96 performances). My Old Kentucky Home was not included on the printed programs, but was most likely used as an encore to a programmed solo. My Old Kentucky Home is a tribute to Goldman’s birthplace, Louisville, Kentucky, and to the memorable tradition of featuring cornet soloists on symphonic band concerts.

- Program Note from liner notes of U.S. Army Field Band CD The Legacy of Edwin Franko Goldman


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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