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Second American Folk Rhapsody

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Clare Grundman

Clare Grundman

General Info

Year: 1959
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $11.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This year [2013], we honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most prolific composers and arrangers, Clare Grundman. Over a five-decade composing career, Grundman provided countless bands with music combining substance, playability, and audience appeal. Many of his most enduring works use American folk materials, including his four American Folk Rhapsodies.

Grundman’s Second American Folk Rhapsody opens with a fanfare quoting Skip to My Lou, followed by a leisurely transition into Billy Boy in a waltz style. Skip to My Lou runs through several variations before entering into a regal, march-like introduction of Shenandoah. After the short march, Grundman’s rhapsodic writing returns and interweaves Skip to My Lou with Shenandoah, featuring beautiful melodic timbres and lush alto saxophone/horn counter lines. The piece closes with a broad restatement of Billy Boy in 4/4 and a maestoso climax.

- Program Note by the Creekside Middle School Wind Symphony concert program, 20 December 2013

Dedicated to Manley Whitcomb and the Florida State University Band, this rhapsody was composed in 1959. American folk tunes included are Billy Boy, Skip to My Lou, and Shenandoah. The form generally followed is that of a short introduction, statement of the folk tunes with variations, and a short but stately coda.

- Program Note by Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Massachusetts: III
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: IV-A
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III. Complete
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: III
  • Wisconsin: B


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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Kentucky 1800 (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Longfield) (1954/2006/2017)

All Wind Works


  • Grundman, C. (1959). Second American Folk Rhapsody [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [New York].
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 255-256.