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William Grant Still

William Grant Still

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Subtitle: Or Song of the City

General Info

Year: 1939 / 1942 / 1945
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Voice and piano
Publisher: William Grant Still Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $99.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.95

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Condensed Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(Percussion detail desired)

SATB Choir (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A committee assigned the responsibility of selecting music for the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair commissioned Still to write a theme song to be aired in the fair’s Perisphere, the huge white sphere that greeted visitors at the exhibition’s entrance. The result, Rising Tide, a three-minute piece also known by the titles Song of a City and Victory Tide, played continuously, or approximately fifty or sixty thousand times, during the two years of the fair. The recorded version was conducted by Andre Kostelanetz.

- Program Note from Music of the World War II Era


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Jeffrey Spenner, conductor) – 22 November 2021

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Still, W. (1945). Victory Tide [score]. J. Fischer & Bros.: New York.
  • Young, William H, and Nancy K. Young. Music of the World War II Era. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2008. Internet resource.