America the Beautiful (MATERNA)

Samuel A. Ward
Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
3 minutes
Classical music
Concert band / wind band

A festive setting for good players, scored for 4 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones and timpani. Tuba or bass trombone can easily double trombone 2 an octave below. Two introductions, one usable as an interlude, standard harmonization for one verse, festive and more difficult second setting. Possible ways to perform this are: 1) Organ accompanies standard intro and first 3 verses with standard harmonization. Play from organ score for last verse, or play melody alone to strengthen the tune. 2) Brass and choir only, choir sings a cappella for third verse, followed by brass interlude and setting II for the last verse. 3) Use standard harmonization alone for all verses and add or drop brass parts as needed for color.

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