America the Beautiful
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
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
- Baritone Bass Clef, m.10, beat 4: Quarter note should read eighth note.
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
- Audio: Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown.
- Audio CD: Golden-Sail Symphonic Band of Beijing Bayi High School (David C. McCormick, conductor)
None discovered thus far.
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- Tennessee Wind Symphony (Knoxville) (John N. Culvahouse, conductor) - 5 April 2022
- Santa Fe College (Gainesville, Fla.) Wind Ensemble (David L. Smith, conductor) - 31 March 2022
- Las Vegas Academy (Nev.) Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Chorus (David Macabee, conductor) - 8 February 2022 (The Smith Center 2022)
- Friends University (Wichita, Kan.) Concert Band (Shawn M. Knopp, conductor) - 27 September 2021
- United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor) - 29 July 2021
- Atlantic Wind Ensemble (Ocean Grove, N.J.) (Ted Freeman, conductor) - 29 May 2021
- Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 23 May 2021
- Broward College (Weston, Fla.) Symphonic Band (Neil E. Jenkins, conductor) - 25 April 2021
- East Texas Baptist University (Marshall) Symphonic Band (Nathan G. Phillips, conductor) - 23 April 2021
- Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond) Wind Symphony (Victor Drescher, conductor) - 20 October 2020
- Northshore Concert Band (Chicago, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 18 October 2020
- University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul Popiel, conductor) - 13 September 2020
- Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony (Piedmont, S.C.) (Logan Campbell, conductor) - 29 February 2020
- Capital University (Columbus, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Jeff Gershman, conductor) – 20 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
- Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel E. Pagán, conductor) – 24 November 2019
- State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Nicholas Farrauto, conductor) – 21 November 2019
- University of South Dakota (Vermillion) Symphonic Band (John LaCognata, conductor) – 21 November 2019
- United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Jim R. Keene, conductor) – 12 November 2019 (High Point, N.C.)
- Converse College (Spartanburg, S.C.) Wind Ensemble (Susana Lalama, conductor) - 11 November 2019
- Heisey Wind Ensemble (Newark, Ohio) (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 27 October 2019
- Stuart (Fla.) Community Concert Band (Jim LeBon, conductor) - 27 October 2019
- Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony (Knoxville, Tenn.) (Logan Campbell, conductor) - 21 September 2019
Works for Winds by This Composer
- America the Beautiful (arr. Coletti) (1882/)
- America the Beautiful (arr. Dragon) (1882/1963)
- America the Beautiful (arr. Edmondson) (1882/2006)
- America the Beautiful (arr. Gillingham) (1882/2018)
- America the Beautiful (arr. Morales) (1882/2006)
- America the Beautiful (arr. Rothman) (1882/2014)
- America the Beautiful (arr. Robert W. Smith) (1882/1988)
- America the Beautiful (arr. Swearingen) (1882/2006)
- God Shed His Grace on Thee (setting Glover) (1882/2002)
- From Sea to Shining Sea (arr. Barker) (2001)
- From Sea to Shining Sea (arr. Whitney; scored Wagner) (1882/1963/2017)
- Aldrich, M. (2004). A Catalog of Folk Song Settings for Wind Band. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, p. 3.
- America the Beautiful, Wikipedia Accessed 29 May 2016
- Anderson, T. T. (2008) "America, the Beautiful: The Story Behind the Band Classic." The Instrumentalist 72 (June).
- Paul, T. A., and P. A. (2009). Winds and Hymns: Resource Guide to Hymns, Chorales, and Spirituals in Selected Wind Band Literature Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, pp. 10-11.
- Ward, S.; Dragon, C. (1963). America the Beautiful [score]. Belwin Mills: [United States].