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American Folk Song Suite

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Arthur Frackenpohl

Arthur Frackenpohl

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General Info

Year: 1973
Duration: c. 7:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00

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1. He’s Gone Away – 2:05
2. John Henry – 1:40
3. Go ‘Way from My Window – 1 :47
4. Mama Don't 'low 1:35


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass

(percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Arthur Frackenpohl’s American Folk Song Suite is based on four songs which utilize the “blue” notes – the flatted third, sixth and seventh degrees of the major scale. He’s Gone Away, an Appalachian folk song that originated in Scotland. It tells a tale of parting and loneliness. John Henry is a “hammer” song about a powerful, steel-drivin’ man who wins a contest with a steam drill but at the cost of his life. Go ‘Way From My Window, a love-lament from the Ozarks, and Mama Don’t Allow, a fast song about all the things mama doesn’t allow, from trombone playin' and bass slappin' to fancy swingin' and two-step dancin'; but which are done anyhow.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music and Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida: IV
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High
  • South Carolina: IV


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  • SUNY Potsdam Crane Concert Band (James Madeja, conductor) – 20 April 2016

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