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America the Beautiful

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Samuel Augustus Ward

Samuel Augustus Ward (arr. Carmen Dragon)

General Info

Year: 1882 / 1963
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Belwin/Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00  |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
E-flat Contralto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Trumpet I-II
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


In parts:

  • Baritone Bass Clef, m.10, b.4: Quarter note should read eighth note.
  • Bells and Chimes, m.51, b.2&: Staccato should read accent.
  • Bells and Chimes, m.51, b.3&: Accent should read staccato.

Program Notes

The rich musical legacy that Carmen Dragon left the world usually includes his solid reputation as a consummate orchestrator. He is best remembered for the iconic arrangement of America, the Beautiful for both symphony orchestra and symphonic band. Samuel Ward's familiar tune enjoys a sumptuous feast of harmonic color and instrumental nuance.

- Program note by publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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