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Rhapsody on American Shaped Note Melodies

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James Curnow

James Curnow

General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Curnow Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $74.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle, large
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned in memory of William Harold (Bill) Basden by the Band Directors of Kershaw County, South Carolina.

- Program Note from score

Shaped note singing (or "fasola") emerged in the United States in the early 1800s and was developed by John Conneley. This work is basically a medley of shaped note melodies which were written in this unique manner.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III
  • Virginia: IV


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  • Curnow, J. (1996). Rhapsody on American Shaped Note Melodies [score]. Curnow Music: Wilmore, Ky.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 274-276.