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American Hymn

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William Schuman

William Schuman

Subtitle: Variations on an Original Melody

General Info

Year: 1981
Duration: 10:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Merion Music (Sole Selling Agent: Theodore Presser)
Cost: Score & Parts - $50.00   |  Score Only - $4.50


Full Score
Condensed Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat or B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I
Alto Saxophone II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet (or Trumpet) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel (Orchestra Bells) I-II
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

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Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 11 March 2019 (The Music Center at Strathmore)
  • Ohlone Wind Ensemble (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 25 March 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Brown, Michael R. (1992, Spring). “Analysis: American Hymn: Variations on an Original Melody by William Schuman.” Journal of Band Research 27(2), 67-79.
  • Brown, Michael Ray. (1989). “The band music of William Schuman: A study of form, content and style.” Ed.D. dissertation. Athens: University of Georgia, pp. 78-98. Abstract: Dissertation Abstracts International (1990, March) 50(9), 2692-A.
  • Rhodes, Stephen. “A comparative analysis of the band compositions of William Schuman.” Dissertation. Greeley: University of Northern Colorado. Abstract: Dissertation Abstracts International (1988, January) 48(7), 1579-A.
  • Schuman, W. (1981). American Hymn: Variations on an Original Melody: For Concert Band [score]. Merlon Music: Bryn Mawr, Penn.
  • William Schuman website