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You Can Call Me Al

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Paul Simon

Paul Simon (arr. Jay Dawson)


General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 1:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Pop song
Publisher: Arranger's Publishing Company
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Drum Set
  • Mark Tree
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

You Can Call Me Al is a song by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Written by Simon, its lyrics follow an individual seemingly experiencing a midlife crisis. Its lyrics were partially inspired by Simon's trip to South Africa and experience with its culture. Released in September 1986, the song became one of Simon's biggest solo hits, reaching the top five in seven countries.

The names in the song came from an incident at a party that Simon went to with his then-wife Peggy Harper. French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who was attending the same party, mistakenly referred to Paul as "Al" and to Peggy as "Betty", inspiring Simon to write a song.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Simon, P.; Dawson, J.; Cockarell, C. (1986). You Can Call Me Al [score]. Hal Leonard: Winona, Minn.
  • You Can Call Me Al, Wikipedia Accessed 7 May 2021