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Old Home Days

From Wind Repertory Project
Charles Ives

Charles Ives (arr. Jonathan Elkus)


General Info

Year: 1954 / 1971
Duration: c. 9:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Peer Music Classical
Cost: Score and Parts - $160.00   |   Score (Purchase) - $24.95


Movements

1. Waltz - 1:25
2. The Opera House - 1:55
3. Old Home Day - 1:05
4. The Collection - 1:05
5. Slow March - 1:10
6. London Bridge Is Fallen Down - 1:05


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani/Chimes
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Parade Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The songs and sketches assembled in this suite reflect Ives's lifelong love of familiar tunes and home grown music making.

1. Waltz begins and ends by quoting from Michael Nolan's popular Browery waltz "Little Annie Rooney." Ives's own verses to the song imagine Annie, now a bride, and her festive wedding party at "the old dance ground."

2a. The Opera House is the first part of the song Memories, and the text, also by Ives, recalls a youngster's breathless expectancy as the pit band strikes up the overture.

2b. Just as the curtain rises, a drum roll-off takes our thoughts outdoors again to "march along down Main Street behind the village band," amid the ringing of the church and schoolhouse bells. Old Home Days is the nostalgic title of the song from which this section is taken, and the obbligato line played during the repeat features bits and pieces of The Girl I Left Behind Me, Garryowen, and Auld Lang Syne.

3. The title of The Collection refers to a church offering. This setting of George Kingsley's hymn-tune Tappan introduces first "The Organist," then "The Soprano," and lastly a "Response by Village Choir."

4. Slow March, the earliest surviving song by Ives, was composed for the funeral of a family pet. Inscribed "to the Children's Faithful Friend," it opens and closes with a quotation from the Dead March of Handel's oratorio Saul.

5. London Bridge is Fallen Down! is a tonal and rhythmic "take-off" on the familiar tune, which we may imagine to be typical of young Ives's unruly keyboard improvisations. This arrangement is based on Kenneth Singleton's realization for brass quintet of Ives's sketches for organ or piano, which date from about 1891.

- Program Note from Score by Jonathan Elkus


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Texas: Grade II-III-IV


Performances

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  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Stephen Lytle, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • Kent State (Ohio) Symphony Band (John Franklin, conductor) – 1 March 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 20 February 2019
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Charles Peltz, conductor) – 13 February 2019
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University University Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 3 December 2018
  • St. Louis (Mo.) Wind Symphony (Thomas Poshak, conductor) - 11 November 2018
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Matt Thomas, conductor) – 26 October 2016
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Ryan Lovell, conductor) – 28 September 2018
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Eric Allen, conductor) – 23 September 2018
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 21 September 2018
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 30 May 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Band (Cory Near, conductor) – 30 April 2018
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan Caldwell, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (Benjamin Lorenzo, conductor) – 20 November 2017
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) University Wind Symphony (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Wind Symphony (Ryan Ramsey, conductor) – 20 April 2017
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 20 April 2017
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Trevor Bailey, conductor) – 6 March 2017
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Nicholas P. Waldron, conductor) – 20 February 2017
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Hughes, conductor) – 7 December 2016
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor) – 6 November 2016


Works for Winds by this Composer

This composer primarily wrote orchestral music. Other transcriptions of his works include:


Resources

  • Charles Ives Society website.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 521-529.