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Down in the River

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Jay Bocook

Jay Bocook


General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00; (digital) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Puli Sticks
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

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Program Notes

The African-American spiritual Down in the River to Pray forms the basis for this creative and dramatic work for mature ensembles. Opening with a tender chorale-like statement, the piece evolves throughout with variations in mood and intensity, ultimately building to a majestic and powerful conclusion.

- Program Note from publisher


Down in the River was commissioned to the memory of deceased members of Phi Beta Mu, Zeta Chapter, Georgia, by the members of the Zeta Chapter, Georgia. It is based on an African American spiritual in the mid-19th century. The exact roots are unknown, but the melody has been featured in countless hymnals, spiritual collections and movie soundtracks. Slaves often sang this spiritual as a prayer for guidance as they navigated their escape through the Underground Railroad. They would travel in the river, because the water masked their scent from slave masters’ dogs attempting to track them down.

Opening with a tender chorale-like statement, the piece evolves throughout with variations in mood, tempo, and intensity, ultimately building to a majestic and powerful conclusion. The allegro section is not a part of the original melody but music composed by Jay Bocook in order to create contrasting thematic material to the melody. The Georgia Wind Symphony, an adult community band, conducted by Dr. David Gregory performed the premiere of this work, at the GMEA Convention on January 27, 2017.

- Program Note from Cobb Wind Ensemble concert program, December 20, 2018


Commercial Discography

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Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion) Wind Ensemble (Michael Flanagin, conductor) – 15 November 2019
  • Champion High School (Warren, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Tyler Husosky, conductor) – 22 February 2019
  • Cobb Wind Ensemble (Marietta, Ga.) (Alfred L. Watkins, conductor) - 20 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • McDaniel College (Westminster, Md.) Band (Linda Kirkpatrick, conductor) 4 May 2018
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Concert Band (M. Gregory Martin, conductor) – 15 February 2018
  • Georgia Wind Symphony (Braselton, Ga.) (David Gregory, conductor) – 24 January 2017 – *Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

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