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Son of a Gambolier, A

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Charles Ives

Charles Ives (tr. Jonathan Elkus)

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General Info

Year: 1892 / 1962
Original Medium: College drinking song
Duration: c. 3:50
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Publisher: Peer Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A gambolier may be described as a wandering wastrel - or as as an oft-sung college song has it, a "rambling wreck." One of Ives's "marches with college tunes in the trio [layered] against the original theme," this one from the mid-1890's (or later) is easily his most intricately woven. Although Ives in his 114 Songs describes both, "A Son of a Gambolier" and, "The Circus Band" (Track 18) as "brass-band marches," there survive not even fragmentary sources. This transcription was made for performances by Keith Wilson and the Yale Band on their first European tour in 1961.

- Program Note by Jonathan Elkus

Commercial Discography

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  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) –20 April 2017

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