Four Maryland Songs
1. At the Edge of the Choptank River – 2:45
2. A Maryland Road – 3:10
3. On Chesapeake Shores: A Fisherman's Sonnet – 1:45
4. The Sires of Seventy-Six – 4:15
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Suspended Cymbal
None discovered thus far.
This collection of songs for soprano voice and band celebrate Maryland’s heritage by setting four diverse poems to music: At the Edge of the Choptank River, A Maryland Road, On Chesapeake Shores: A Fisherman’s Sonnet, and The Sires of Seventy-Six.
- Program Note by publisher
Four Maryland Songs was commissioned by the University of Maryland chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma (the honorary band service fraternity and sorority). The commission was to honor Director of Bands John Wakefield’s thirty years on the College Park campus. After discussions with Professor Wakefield, I decided to write a work based on poetry about Maryland and feature a soprano soloist with wind ensemble. The poetry, a majority of which was found in the collection Maryland in Prose and Poetry, is as diverse as the music which accompanies it.
At the Edge of the Choptank River, by J.P. Gelletly, is very rhythmic to accentuate the consistent, pounding shore. However, Gelletly brings religious symbolism into the text and the music adjusts accordingly.
A Maryland Road, by W. C. Thurston, is somewhat pastoral, and is reminiscent of the music of Aaron Copland or, at least, has a distinct “American” flavor.
On Chesapeake Shores: A Fisherman's Sonnet, by Albert Dawling, is a humorous look at the “after-life” with or without fishing. The music is rhythmic, earthy, polytonal, and folk-like. There is a brief “tongue-in-cheek” quote of the state song in the translation.
The Sires of Seventy-Six, by John N. McJuton, is the most serious of the four movements. The text deals with our forefathers and their strife for independence. Between verses there is a serious quote of Maryland, My Maryland (which I learned as a fourth grader and can still remember the words).
- Program Note by composer
"Dedicated to the City of College Park, Maryland, the composer's hometown, on its fiftieth anniversary"
- Program Note from score
- Audio CD: North Texas Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon,conductor) - 1997
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Pamela L. Klena, conductor) – 19 February 2019
- Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor; Esther Atkinson, soprano) – 6 March 2018
- Trinity University (San Antonio, Tx.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (James Worman, conductor) – 8 November 2017
Works for Winds by this Composer
- AirLink (2009)
- Aloft! (1997)
- Antithigram (1977/1988)
- As If Morning Might Arrive
- Aubrey Fanfare (1995)
- Bandancing (2004)
- Be Thou My Vision. See: Chorale Prelude: Be Thou My Vision
- Beltway Jam, The (2006)
- Cenotaph (1992)
- Chorale and Toccata (1993)
- Chorale Prelude: Be Thou My Vision (1997)
- Chorale, Scherzo, And Dance
- Cloudsplitter Fanfare (2000)
- Divertimento in F
- Down East Fanfare (2003)
- Elegy and Affirmation
- Elegy for English Horn and Band (1999)
- Ere the World Began to Be (1996)
- Escapade (2007)
- Fanfare for a New Era
- Fanfare for the Great Hall
- Fanfare: Sinfonia
- Fanfare, Song and Fugue (2006)
- Four Maryland Songs (2000)
- Gavorkna Fanfare (1991)
- Held Still in Quick of Grace (1998)
- In Final Obedience: An Elegy for Narrator and Band
- In This Hid Clearing... (2001/2006)
- Miniature Overture (2010)
- Panhandle Prelude (2013)
- Past the Equinox
- Pastime (1999)
- Prayer and Jubilation
- Prayers for a Troubled Nation (2016)
- Remembrance of Things to Come (1990)
- Ricercare (2001)
- San Luis Snapshots (2016)
- Scenes from Terezin (2009)
- A Song of Hope (2013)
- Southpaw (2014)
- Star-Spangled Banner, The (as arranger)
- Symphony No. 1 (2006)
- Three Places in England
- Variations on a Bach Chorale (2000)
- With Trump and Wing
- Jack Stamp website Accessed 11 November 2017
- Stamp, J.; Gellety, J.; Thurston, W.; Dawling, A.; McJuton, J. (2000). Four Maryland Songs [score]. C. Alan Publications: Greensboro, N.C.