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Four Maryland Songs

From Wind Repertory Project
Jack Stamp

Jack Stamp


General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 10:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Movements

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


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
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
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Soprano


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

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


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • 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


Resources

  • 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.