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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

For further availability information, see Discussion tab above.


Movements

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


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
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
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

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


Performances

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


Works for Winds by this Composer


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