American Folk Rhapsody No. 1

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Clare Grundman

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General Info

Year: 1948
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $11.95


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Solo Clarinet
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 Cornet Solo- I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The first of four American Folk Rhapsodies, this superb work, originally written in 1948, is a wonderful example of both U.S. school band literature and the exceptional writing/arranging skills of Clare Grundman. Including: My Little Mohee (more commonly known as On Top of Old Smokey); Shantyman's Life; Sourwood Mountain and Sweet Betsy from Pike, this is an outstanding, proven work for both concert and contest.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Massachusetts: III
  • Maryland: III
  • Michigan: Junior High A
  • Mississippi: IV-A
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III. Complete
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band.Class B Std Rep


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  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy, Tx.) (Richard Crain, conductor) - 2 July 2023
  • Kentucky Virginia (Whitesburg,Ky.) Summer Winds (Jason Griffith, conductor) - 25 May 2021
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel E. Pagán, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • Mohawk Valley Community College (Utica, N.Y.) Concert Band (Barbara Seaton) – 22 May 2019
  • Wheaton Warrenville (Ill.) South High School Symphonic Band (Vic Scimeca, conductor) - 18 March 2019
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University University Band (Trey Harris, conductor) - 1 October 2018
  • New Horizons Band (Iowa City, Iowa) (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - 24 June 2018
  • San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Band (Leonard Lutz, conductor) – 17 April 2016
  • Kearsarge Community Band (New London, N.H.) (John Leland, conductor) – 28 February 2016
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy, Tex.) (Paul Hogue, conductor) - 12 October 2014
  • Magee Wind Ensemble (Kerrisdale, BC) (Christopher Haas, conductor) - 4 April 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Kentucky 1800 (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Longfield) (1954/2006/2017)

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