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Son of a Gambolier, A

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Charles Ives

Charles Ives (arr. Jonathan Elkus)

General Info

Year: 1892 / 1962
Duration: c. 3:50
Original Medium: College drinking song
Publisher: Peermusic Classical
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A gambolier may be described as a wandering wastrel -- or as as an oft-sung college song has it, a "rambling wreck." One of Ives's "marches with college tunes in the trio [layered] against the original theme," this one from the mid-1890's (or later) is easily his most intricately woven. Although Ives in his 114 Songs describes both, "A Son of a Gambolier" and, "The Circus Band" (Track 18) as "brass-band marches," there survive not even fragmentary sources. This transcription was made for performances by Keith Wilson and the Yale Band on their first European tour in 1961.

- Program Note by Jonathan Elkus


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