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Last Full Measure

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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

Subtitle: A Gettysburg Remembrance

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $15.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Penny Whistle<bbr /> Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
String Bass
Mallet Percussion
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Field Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

2013 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. Fought over the course of three days in 1863 (July 1-3), this battle was a turning point in the war and claimed the largest number of casualties. In dedicating the cemetery near the battle site, Lincoln’s famous address honored the soldiers who had given the “last full measure of devotion” fighting for their country.

Music played an important role during the Civil War for the soldiers as well as friends and family back home. Last Full Measure features tunes that became popular during this time. Girl I Left Behind Me, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and the tender Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier express longing and hope for loved ones far away. In contrast, The Battle Cry of Freedom and Battle Hymn of the Republic inspire feelings of patriotic resolve and courage. These familiar melodies, along with the powerful emotions they evoke, live on and remain relevant today.

- Program Note by the Creekside Middle School Wind Symphony concert program, 20 December 2013

Last Full Measure by Michael Sweeney commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) using tunes that were popular during this time. A brief introduction prepares Girl I Left Behind Me with optional tin whistle solo (cued to piccolo and recorder), followed by When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again. Next, a slower ballad-like Johnny Has Come for a Soldier leads to The Battle Cry of Freedom and Battle Hymn of the Republic, both marked “March Tempo”. As with all medleys, a successful performance will require careful attention to the many varied stylistic details, tempos, and transitions. This is a delightful Civil War-era fantasy.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist, No. 2013, p. 32

Commissioned by the Madison County (Indiana) Middle School Honor Band. Premiered March 3, 2013, at Reardon Auditorium, Anderson University.

- Program Note from score


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