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Raise a Ruckus

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Anthony Susi

Folk song arranged by Anthony Susi


General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Susi Music, through Sheetmusicplus
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1
C Instruments

  • Flute
  • Piccolo
  • Violin

B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 2
C Instruments

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Violin

B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Horn in E-flat

Part 3
B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Euphonium T.C.

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Horn in E-flat

F Instruments

  • Horn in F

C Instruments

  • Viola

Part 4
B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C.

F Instruments

  • Horn in F

Bass Clef Instruments

  • Bassoon
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello

Part 5
B-flat Bass T.C.

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Euphonium T.C.

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone

Bass Clef Instruments

  • Bassoon
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Piano (optional)
Timpani (optional)
Percussion (optional)

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Raise a Ruckus Tonight is a 19th-century folk song. A slave is told by his mistress that he would be freed when she died. The promise is long in coming true, and at last the singer takes things in his own hand. Having set off (down?)river, he intends to "raise a ruckus tonight."

My old mistress promised me,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
Sarah, I'm gonna set you free,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
She lived till her head got slick and bald,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
And the Lord wouldn't kill her with a big green maul,

Raise a ruckus tonight.

- Program Note from Fresno State University and Protest Song Lyrics.net


The Library of Congress catalog indicates that the song was "Sung by a group of Negro convicts."


Performance Notes

This popular 19th-century American folk song (traditionally sung) has been arranged instrumentally in the flex style, allowing any combination of wind or string instruments (with optional added percussion) to perform it. The non-pitched percussion part can be divided among a few players or played on the drum set by one. The optional piano part can cover missing voices and help the piece sound fuller if performed by fewer than five wind/string performers. There are opportunities to showcase every performer with written two-bar solos that can alternatively be improvised using just the six notes of a blues scale.


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