Battle of Shiloh

From Wind Repertory Project
C. L. Barnhouse

C. L. Barnhouse (ed. John P. Paynter)

General Info

Year: 1888 / 1928 / 1986
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $7.00

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Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Bassoon I-II
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mallets
  • Snare Drum
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

C.L. Barnhouse's Battle of Shiloh takes a particularly programmatic approach in commemorating one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. This 1862 surprise attack on Union troops resulted in two days of heavy fighting, equally heavy losses on both sides, and an ignominious retreat by the Confederate forces.

Recalling the bugle corps of the period and challenging the talented brass players of his own era, Barnhouse created florid and showy cornet passages meant to be played in a "complete staccato style" for best effect. In the 1888 edition, he included battlefield bugle calls and rifle and artillery parts. Following Barnhouse's 1928 revision, Paynter's 1986 edition leaves such effects as heavy rimshots on the snare drums and unexpected accent marks. However, Paynter noted, "outdoors, consider the use of rifles, shotguns, cap guns, or toy cannons ... On Independence Day, add fireworks or strings of Chinese crackers."

- Program Note by U.S. Army Field Band from CD "The Legacy of John Paynter"

Composer and publisher Charles Barnhouse was born during the final year of the American Civil War. As a result, he came to know many of the veterans and surviving family members of the disastrous conflict, Shiloh. The Battle of Shiloh was the second great battle and the most bitterly fought battle of the entire war. The name came from Shiloh Church, a meetinghouse southwest of Pittsburgh Landing, Tennessee. The battle commenced on Sunday, April 6, 1862, when Confederate troops made a surprise attack that routed the Union troops. The tide of battle changed when Confederate General A.S. Johnson was killed, and General D.C. Buel arrived with 25,000 troops from Ohio. The Confederates, having lost 10,000 of their 40,000 soldiers on the second day of the battle, were forced to retreat to Corinth, Mississippi. Almost 13,000 of the 70,000 Union troops were killed in the two-day battle.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

  • Kansas: V


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