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My Old Kentucky Home (arr Cowherd)

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Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster (arr. Cowherd)


General Info

Year: 1984
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) – free download


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night! is an anti-slavery ballad originally written by Stephen Foster, probably composed in 1852. It was published as in January 1853 by Firth, Pond, & Co. of New York. Foster likely composed the song after having been inspired by the narrative of popular anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, while likely referencing imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky, farm called Federal Hill.

In Foster's sketchbook, the song was originally entitled Poor Uncle Tom, Good-Night!, but was altered by Foster as My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night! Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist, wrote in his 1855 autobiography My Bondage and My Freedom that the song "awakens sympathies for the slave, in which antislavery principles take root, grow, and flourish".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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