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Made for You and Me: Inspired by Woody Guthrie

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Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty

Subtitle: For Adaptable Band

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Michael Daugherty Music, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $35.00


Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • F Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Euphonium B.C.

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Double Bass
  • Marimba
  • Electronic Keyboard or Bass Reinforcement

Percussion 1

  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone
  • Glockenspiel

Percussion 2

  • Tambourine and/or Maracas
  • Triangle
  • Cloves and/or Woodblock

Percussion 3

  • Bass Drum (preferred) or Tenor Drum (large)
  • Bongos and/or Congas with hands or drumsticks (preferred) or Snare Drum with drumsticks


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Made for You and Me: Inspired by Woody Guthrie for Adaptable Band (2020) was composed in response to the need for new music that may be performed by middle and high school band ensembles of flexible size and instrumentation. This five-minute work can be performed by seven or more players on a wide variety of musical instruments, depending on availability.

My composition is inspired by Woody Guthrie (1912-1967), the Dust Bowl troubadour who traveled the backroads of America from coast to coast with his guitar and harmonica performing folk songs of love, wandering and social justice at Workers Union gatherings, radio stations, street corners and concert halls during the Great Depression and World War II. The main theme heard at the beginning of the composition is based on the old gospel hymn, Oh My Loving Brother, which Woody Guthrie borrowed and used as the main theme for his famous anthem This Land is Your Land (1940).

Perhaps it matters now more than ever to remember these iconic words from Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land:

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley

This land was made for you and me.

- Program Note by composer

Performance Notes

Any combination of the instruments is encouraged. Creative alternatives to instrumentation are also encouraged. Instruments may be doubled but in keeping as much as possible within a balanced sound. When necessary, performers may transpose notes up or down an octave. If there is an octave in part, play either the upper or lower note.

Conductor is free to tacet instruments where music is too difficult or to give a player a rest. If performing this work with a small ensemble, adjust percussion dynamics to create a balanced sound between the ensemble and the percussion.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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