Overture on an American Folk Tune

From Wind Repertory Project
Douglas Akey

Douglas Akey

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: IV(see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Douglas Akey's Overture on an American Folk Tune was written for the All County Honor Band in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and is based on the familiar folk song, Erie Canal. The slow, powerful introduction is comprised of fragments of the famous melody. The tempo then suddenly increases, yielding a driving, staccato variation featuring trumpets and percussion. After giving way to a mysterious section played by flutes and low brass, the "Allegro" reappears in an exciting contrapuntal form.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by and dedicated to the All County High School Band, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Virginia: IV


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