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Kentucky 1800

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Clare Grundman

Clare Grundman

General Info

Year: 1954 / 1987
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $8.50


B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Sax I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel (or Bells)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Kentucky 1800 is based on the tunes of three American folk songs: The Promised Land, Cindy, and I'm Sad and I'm Lonely, melodies which are reminiscent of the years the pioneers were forging westward. It is a rhapsodic tone poem in which thematic material is treated in great depth and with variety. The work is a band masterpiece which has long since become a favorite with audiences.

- Program note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Minnesota: III
  • Ohio: Class C Required List
  • Texas: II


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  • Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.) Symphonic Band (Jennifer Whyte, conductor) - 20 March 2021
  • Paul R. Wharton High School (Tampa, Fla.) Symphonic Band (Justin O. Swaim, conductor) 20 February 2020
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (J.T. Womack, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Atlantic Wind Ensemble (Ocean Grove, N.J.) (Dennis T. Eschbach, conductor) – 25 May 2019
  • Kent State (Ohio) Communiversity Band (Wendy Matthews, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Campus Band (Paula Ramirez, conductor) – 17 April 2019
  • Barber Middle School (Acworth, Ga.) 7th Grade Symphonic Band (Robert Grogan, conductor) – 19 March 2019
  • Valencia (Calif.) High School Concert Band (Mark Judd, conductor)– 17 March 2019 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • Mercyhurst D’Angelo University (Erie, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Meier, conductor) – 30 September 2018
  • Banning (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Thomas Finch, conductor) - 5 May 2018
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Concert Band (Casey Jackson, conductor) – 12 March 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (MaryKatherine Kuhne, conductor) – 30 November 2017
  • Wheaton North High School Concert Band (Kent Krause, conductor) - 2 November 2017
  • Cypress Symphonic Band (Houston, Tex.) (Clarence Weeks, conductor) – 1 July 2017
  • Catawba Valley New Horizons Band, Hickory NC (Len Allman, conductor) - 11 May 2017
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) North Star Band (Jonny Chao, conductor) – 20 October 2016
  • Eldred (N.Y.) Central Senior High School Concert Band (Brian D. Nivison, conductor) - 9 June 2016
  • Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, LA) Symphonic Band (Jason S. Ladd, conductor) - 8 March 2016
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) University Band (Brian Coffill, conductor) – 10 October 2013
  • Norton Community High School (Ks.) Symphonic Band (Jordan E. Kinsey, conductor) - 27 January 2013

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Kentucky 1800 (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Longfield) (1954/2006/2017)

All Wind Works


  • Grundman, C. (1987). Kentucky 1800 [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [s.l.]
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 154-165.