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Overture on a Shaker Tune

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John Higgins

John Higgins

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General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
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
Horn in F
Convertible Bass Line
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Shakers were a late 18th century division from the Quakers. They believed that God was bth father and mother. They practiced a communal life, which included much singing and dancing. Through their beliefs they created music that has lasted to the present. Simple Gifts is the most well-known Shaker tune.

Overture on a Shaker Tune uses Simple Gifts as the main melodic material. here are two statements of the theme. The first comes after the introduction, and the second finishes the piece after an interlude of material from both the introduction and new development material.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • South Carolina: II
  • Tennessee: III
  • Virginia: III


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Higgins, J. (1986). Overture on a Shaker Tune [score]. Jenson Publications: New Berlin, Wisc.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 182-184.