American Folk Suite

From Wind Repertory Project
Harold L. Walters

Harold L. Walters

General Info

Year: 1955
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Rubank, through Molenaar
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €166.80   |   Score Only (print) - €27.35

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1. Across the Wide Missouri : Shenandoah – 2:00
2. The Erie Canal – 1:50
3. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair – 1:40
4. Whoopee Ti-yi-yo : Git Along, Lttle Dogies – 4:40


Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano 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 I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Harold Walters' American Folk Suite was conceived as a work representative of diverse folk sources. It skillfully weaves folk themes from the East, South and West into a picturesque musical tapestry.

The first movement introduces a traditional capstan chanty, Across the Wide Missouri (Shenandoah), in an attractive symphonic setting. Then follows a modern rhythmic interpretation of the familiar work song The Erie Canal. Many of our more recent rhythmic forms (jazz, ragtime, blues, Dixieland and swing) have similarly evolved from older folk idioms. The third movement is a concertized version of the dulcet song from the Southern Appalachian mountains, Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair. Finally, the cowboy favorite Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo (Git Along Little Dogies) is heard in a driving, energetic paraphrase that brings the suite to a close.

- Program Note from score


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • West Virginia: III


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: L-Z. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 327.
  • Peusal score (condensed)
  • Walters, H. (1955). American Folk Suite [score]. Rubank: Chicago, Ill.