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Bosnian Folk Songs

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Fred J. Allen

Fred J Allen

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: II 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music Pub. Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

When the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok (1881-1945) collected the folk music of Yugoslavia in the early part of this [sic] century, he noted the ethnic origin of each tune. This is fortunate for us, because now Yugoslavia has been divided by strife into separate nations, one of which is Bosnia. Though there are several tunes identified as Bosnian in Bartok's collection, only two are used in this setting.

Admiration is due to the students of West Ridge Middle School, in Austin, Texas, who requested that this commissioned work draw attention to the suffering of the young people in Bosnia. Perhaps this music can remind us that even war cannot silence the joy that can be expressed in the simple folk songs of a nation. The text of the first song begins as follows:

By Sarajevo there's a green garden.
In that garden there's a well of cold water,
By the well, a marble stone,
On the stone, an aged vase
In the vase three flowers bloomed.

Commissioned by the West Ridge Middle School Band, Austin, Texas, Mr. Bob Parsons, conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class C
  • Florida: III
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: II
  • Michigan: Junior High B
  • North Carolina: III
  • Texas: II. Complete


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  • Allen, F. (1997). Bosnian Folk Songs [score]. TRN Music: Ruidoso, N.M.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 129-137.