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American Hymn, An

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Jason Nitsch

Jason Nitsch

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Subtitle: A 21st Century Essay on the Revolutionary War for Band

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music Publisher
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


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Program Notes

Letting his imagination run freely in this unique soundscape, Nitsch has created a delightful retrospective musical look back at the days of the American Revolution. The melodic materials are a combination of original themes and William Billings' Chester, put together in an entertaining and quirky mixed meter environment. Special scoring features are a rhythmic dialog between concert snare and parade snare, muted brass, and piccolo solos.

- Program Note adapted from publisher

An American Hymn was conceived to be a modern reflection on a revolutionary war marching song. Images of traditional fifes and drums dominate the opening section before giving way to a more contemporary offering. Fragment of the hymn are heard through the piece being tossed around the ensemble before finally settling in a tutti band setting. The piece offers a playful but occasionally moving musical journal through colonial America.

- Program Note from Beaumont Middle School Symphonic Band concert program, 14 December 2005


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III


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