Yellow Rose of Texas Variations, The

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Lewis J. Buckley

Arranged by Lewis J Buckley

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General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 7:15
Difficulty: VI (solo)/IV (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Cimarron Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00


Full Score
Solo Euphonium
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
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
String Bass

(Percussion detail desired)


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Program Notes

Commissioned by Dan Vinson, a proud Texan and euphonium player extraordinaire, this is a virtuoso arrangement of the popular Texas song The Yellow Rose of Texas. The song originated in 1836 at the Battle of San Jacinto, which ended the Texas War of Independence from Mexico. The legend states that a woman, the “yellow rose,” from Texas distracted the Mexican General Santa Ana, allowing the Texan Army, led by General Sam Houston, to easily defeat the Mexican Army and win independence for Texas with minimal bloodshed. Her aid was memorialized in song that went on to spur Confederate troops in the Civil War and became a popular song throughout the country in the 20th century.

- Program note by The Woodlands High School Wind Ensemble concert program 21 December 2012

Vinson asked Buckley for a traditional theme and variations piece in the mold of the famous euphonium and cornet solos from early in the last century. Following the form of J.B. Arban’s famous Fantaisie and Variations on “The Carnival of Venice,” The Yellow Rose of Texas offers many of the same kinds of variations contained in the Arban. The opening theme is followed by a triple-tonguing variation, a classic polacca, a dramatic slow variation, and the inevitable final “dash” to the end, complete with blazing scale passages. Like the Arban Carnival, The Yellow Rose of Texas is designed for the sole purpose of displaying a talented soloist’s technical virtuosity.

- Program Note from Hebron High School Wind Symphony concert program, 15 December 2016


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Works for Winds by This Composer

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