Echoes of 1869
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Cost: Score and Parts – Available 2020
1. Quick Step
3. Popular Songs
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
- Temple Blocks
- Wind Chimes
None discovered thus far.
Echoes of 1869 is a three-movement suite for concert band commissioned by the city of Johnson City, Tennessee, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the city.
The intent behind the work is to portray music that would have been popular in 1869 as well as music that was written in that particular year.
The phonograph would not be invented by Thomas Edison until 1877. The radio would not be invented by Marconi until 1895. The only professional orchestra in existence was the New York Philharmonic. One of the only options in 1869 to hear live music was from the town band which evolved from the previous regimental bands of the War Between the States.
The repertoire of these town bands consisted of marches and patriotic tunes played by the earlier regimental bands, arrangements of popular songs of the day, hymns, operatic arias transcribed for both vocal and instrumental soloists, and orchestral transcriptions. Repertoire specifically written for wind band would not occur until Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-flat composed in 1909.
The first movement is entitled, “Quickstep.” Typically, marches of this era fall into one of the following categories: funeral march (dirge), processional march, quickstep march, or galop.
The quickstep marches from this time period were either original tunes or popular songs of the day written in march style. This latter format was commonly used by the regimental bands to encourage and lighten the mood of the soldiers by allowing them to hear their favorite songs as they went through their daily drills or marched to their next location.
Often, two or more of these popular songs were combined into a single quickstep to allow ample music for the occasion. This first movement uses the popular songs, Twinkling Stars are Laughing, Love written in 1855 by John P. Ordway and Annie of the Vale written in 1861 by John Rogers Thomas. The style of the arrangement is based on research examining the original band books of the 26th North Carolina Regiment which are currently archived in the Moravian Museum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The 26th North Carolina Regiment was largely comprised of musicians from the Moravian Church of old Salem, North Carolina, and regarded as the finest regimental band from the Southern states during the time of the war. The intent of this first movement is to emulate the style and orchestration practices used in these original versions.
The second movement is entitled Hymn and is written to recognize another popular form of music during this time period -- the singing of hymns during religious gatherings. Published in 1869, Near the Cross is a collaboration of the music of William Howard Doane (1832-1915) and the lyrics of Fanny Crosby (1820-1915).
The third movement, Popular Songs, is a medley of tunes that were either written during 1869 or were popular during that period. These include: Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me (1869), Little Brown Jug (1869), and Listen to the Mockingbird (1855) The mockingbird was later designated as the official Tennessee state bird in 1933.
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None discovered thus far.
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- East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Wind Ensemble (Joe D. Moore, conductor) – 17 October 2019
- Johnson City Community Concert Band (Christian Zembower, conductor) – 27 July 2019 *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- "Dr. Joe Moore and Dr. Christian Zembower joins us on Daytime…". WJHL. – July 2019
- "Dr. Joe Moore composes 'Echoes of 1869' in honor of Johnson City Sesquicentennial." ETSU, 25 July 2019. Web. Accessed 16 October 2019
- Joe Moore, personal correspondence, October 2019