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Hard Times Come Again No More

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Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster (arr. James Syler)


Subtitle: Arranged for 4-part Flexible Instrumentation


General Info

Year: 1854 / 2020
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano and voice
Publisher: James Syler
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $50.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Flugelhorn

Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Flugelhorn

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • F Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium.

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • F Horn
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Marimba
  • String Bass


Errata

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Program Notes

Stephen Foster (1826-1864) was America's first great songwriter. Hard Times Come Again No More stands out as a unique and personal song compared to his minstrel and parlor songs. Written in 1854, the song was composed during a period of loss -- the death of his parents and best friend, separation from his wife, and a failing career. It's a song of comfort for hard times. Since the 1990s the song has experienced a revival through numerous covers from a variety of performers.

This easy hymn-style arrangement of the classic American song is suitable as a quiet piece, concert finale, or encore.

- Program Note by publisher


Performance Notes

You may find this simple hymn-like arrangement useable as a quiet piece, a concert closer, or an encore. The flexible instrumentation can use any combination of instruments as long as all parts are covered. All parts are available in C, B-flat, E-flat, and F. Feel free to make octave changes depending on the instrument(s) used.


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