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Gift to Be Simple, The

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Arranged by Heskel Brisman

Subtitle: Shaker Folk Song

General Info

Year: 1976
Duration: c. 2:10
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - $88.95


Full Score
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II
Horn in F
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This is a well-conceived setting of the familiar tune, featuring the melody in different registers and guises, including a canonic passage, rather complex textures, and a section using minor mode. An amusing coda with effective use of percussion provides a fresh conclusion.

- Program Note from Music for Concert Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Florida: III
  • Kansas: II
  • Maryland: II
  • Tennessee: II
  • Virginia: II


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Brisman, H. (1976). The Gift to Be Simple: Shaker Folk Song [score]. Elkan-Vogel: Bryn Mawr.
  • Krienes, J.; Hansbrough, R. (2014). Music for Concert Band: A Selective Annotated Guide to Band Literature. Meredith Music Publications: Delray Beach, Fla.; pp. 8.