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Mississippi Sawyer

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David A. Myers

David A Myers


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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: I+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail desired)

Players vocalizing


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Based on a traditional fiddle tune, this fun arrangement uses optional hand drum and washboard to help create an old-style barn-dance atmosphere. Articulations are marked to imitate the feel of bowing on a fiddle for a vivid stylistic performance. Vocal cheers by the players near the end add to the fun of this festive work for young bands.

- Program Note by publisher


A traditional fiddle tune, Mississippi Sawyer derives its name from a term used by Mississippi riverboat pilots to describe a partially submerged log on the river. According to pilots, these obstacles “bobbed up and down in a sawing motion” and they created a danger for navigation along the river route. Another suggestion of the meaning “Mississippi Sawyer” includes being named for a sawmill owner along the river. Tall tales abound regarding the songs origins, but no matter the story line one wishes to believe, it is clear that Mississippi Sawyer remains one of the all-time favorite tunes of fiddle players.

- Program Note from Arbor Creek Middle School Honors Band concert program, 22 December 2017


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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