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St Louis Blues (arr Booker)

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W.C. Handy

W C Handy (arr. Charles Booker)

General Info

Year: 1914 / 2017
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Jazz
Publisher: BandT Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $68.00; (digital) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $18.00; (digital) - $16.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Concert Tom
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Hi-Hat
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom Tom (4)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Saint Louis Blues is a popular American song composed by W. C. Handy in the blues style and published in September 1914. It was one of the first blues songs to succeed as a pop song and remains a fundamental part of jazz musicians' repertoire. Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo, and the Boston Pops Orchestra are among the artists who have recorded it. The song has been called "the jazzman's Hamlet."

Handy said he had been inspired by a chance meeting with a woman on the streets of St. Louis distraught over her husband's absence, who lamented, "Ma man's got a heart like a rock cast in de sea", a key line of the song. Handy's autobiography recounts his hearing the tune in St. Louis in 1892: "It had numerous one-line verses and they would sing it all night."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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