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American Patriotic Music

Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 10:20:59 -0500 (CDT)
From: jduffy(a)ix.netcom.com
Subject: Summary: Recommendations for high-school February piece



A few weeks ago I posted a colleague's request for suggestions of choral pieces
suitable for a mixed high-school chorus of about 80 singers. It could have
instrumental parts, e.g., piano (solo or accompaniment), orchestra, small
ensemble (possibly brass), or solo instrument.

The concert will be in February '99 and could be built around a piece(s) that
are "patriotic,"commemoratory, reflective, celebratory...the requisite being
that the piece(s) reflect or reflect upon some aspect of the American
experience. I am guessing that the total time for the choral portion of this
concert will not exceed 30 minutes, but please don't limit your suggestions
therefore (I could be wrong :))
>>>>>>>>
This is a summary of the suggestions, along with some descriptive comments
included with the recommendations. I would only add (embarrassingly, because we
are still "boxed in" following a move, and I can't get to copies of programs,
etc.) that I have heard some wonderful pieces by Carol Barnett, Stephen Paulus,
and Jeffery Van performed in Minnesota during our years there that might be a
stretch for high school, but would stimulate college and adult groups looking
for good literature that is neither superficial nor esoteric on texts that might
fit the bill.


"America, My Home" (based on "America the Beautiful") arr. by David Peninger
and Bob
Burroughs
SSATB a cappella, with nice harmonic colors and a festival
fanfare type
opening
Theodore Presser

Presidential Suite Jack Gottlieb
7 a cappella pieces based on sayings of JFK, Lincoln,
Coolidge,
Truman, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR
In various styles
Boosey & Hawkes


Testament of Freedom Randall Thompson

American Tapestry (collection published by Hal Leonard Pub. containing four
medleys)
1. A New Land (5 min 10 sec)
Simple Gifts, Chester, 10,000 Miles Away, Blow Ye Winds
Westerly,
John Henry, When I First Came to this Land, and Pick a
Bale of Cotton
2. Celebration (2 min 10 sec)
Skip to My Lou, Polly Wolly Doodle, Oh Susanna, Old Dan
Tucker, and
Camptown Races
3. Wartime (4 min 30 sec)
He's Gone Away, Blue Tail Fly, Soldier Will You Marry Me
and When
Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
4. Expansion West (3 min 30 sec)
Sweet Betsy from Pike, Bound for the Rio Grande, The
Water is Wide,
and Shenandoah

American Song John Leavitt
Four short movements -- 2 for SATB, 1 for TTBB, and 1
for SSAA.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic arr. Peter Wilhousky

Song of America arr. by Mac Huff SATB w/ narration

Song of Democracy Howard Hanson

I Hear America Singing Andre Thomas ( a "must do"!)

1861 H Cecil Rigby
SATB (sprechstimme) and two percussion setting of Walt
Whitman's poem of the same name. The poem reacts to the
atmosphere
around the country in the year before the civil war.
HC Rigby is a member of Choralist. One gets the piece
directly from the
composer, dupes it and pays royalties.

Thanks to all correspondents. If you have some other suggestions, please pass
them along to
me (jduffy(a)ix.netcom.com). Thanks.



Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 07:40:56 -0500
From: "J. Perry White"
Subject: Patriotic Music Compilation
Checker

In response to my query concerning music appropriate for a patriotic
service in a church setting I received the following suggestions:

John Ness Beck's arrangement of "America the Beautiful"

The Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson

Judith Shatin has a new composition available based on texts by Thomas
Jefferson. .

"Who is America?" by Nancy Hill Cobb

"This Sacred Ground" by David Diamond.
Publisher may be Peer-Southern.

Wilhousky's "Battle Hymn of the Republic".

'This is the Day that the Lord has made' by Mark Hayes.

William Cutter, entitled "I Hear America Singing."

"Fanfare for the Common Man" on the organ.

Jeremiah Ingalls, Billing's contemporary from Vermont, includes the
"Election Hymn" in his "Christian Harmony." Text includes, "He call'd our
fathers forth, To leave their native land; And in this western clime,
Rear'd Freedom's happy band...Hail, deathless Washington! Columbia's pride
and boast," etc, etc.

"Song of Democracy" by Howard Hanson

"An American Hymn" by Cecil Effinger

"Chester" by William Billings
J. Perry White
jpsings(a)telepath.com

Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 10:52:27 -0500
From: Dave Heesen
Subject: Re: 4th of July songs with orchestra (compilation)

HERE IT IS, THE LIST FROM Y'ALL:

A sure crowd pleaser would be Lee Greenwood's "GOD BLESS THE U.S.A." There
should be a fairly easy arrangement for it, and it works quite well with a
soloist.

I would suggest "I Pledge of Allegiance" by Alfred Reed for SATB choir,
audience and orchestra and of course the Wilhousky "Battle Hymn. Please let
me know what else you find out.
Randall Thompson's TESTAMENT OF FREEDOM, based on texts mostly by
Thomas Jefferson, would be quite stirring. ca. 25 minutes.
Original version was TTBB with concert band, but there are now
other arrs. including SATB with, I think, orchestra.
Publisher is E.C. Schirmer, Boston. Parts must be rented for
about $200-300, depending on no. of performances and venue.

"They Are There," Ives Orchestration I believe by Greg Smith
While not mentioning the 4th of July, this is a very patriotic piece
speaking perhaps to the precepts in our Declaration of Independence.

In response to my query concerning music appropriate for a patriotic
service in a church setting I received the following suggestions:
John Ness Beck's arrangement of "America the Beautiful"
The Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson
Judith Shatin has a new composition available based on texts by Thomas
Jefferson. .
"Who is America?" by Nancy Hill Cobb
"This Sacred Ground" by David Diamond.
Publisher may be Peer-Southern.
Wilhousky's "Battle Hymn of the Republic".
'This is the Day that the Lord has made' by Mark Hayes.
William Cutter, entitled "I Hear America Singing."
"Fanfare for the Common Man" on the organ.
Jeremiah Ingalls, Billing's contemporary from Vermont, includes the
"Election Hymn" in his "Christian Harmony." Text includes, "He call'd our
fathers forth, To leave their native land; And in this western clime,
Rear'd Freedom's happy band...Hail, deathless Washington! Columbia's pride
and boast," etc, etc.
"Song of Democracy" by Howard Hanson
"An American Hymn" by Cecil Effinger
"Chester" by William Billings


David R. Heesen
Director, Secretarial Services
Box 241, Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, WI 53511
email: heesendr(a)beloit.edu
Web page--http://beloit.edu/~heesendr/heesen.htm
on July 14, 2004 10:00pm
FIRST POST!!
My Combined Boys'Choir has been selected to perform for the 2005 Texas Music Educators Convention. This is a BIG honor here in this state and I am looking for a BIG patriotic piece to end our program with. I would love some kind of short medley. Whatever it is, it needs to be a rousing, "bring em' to their feet" kinda showstopper! Keeping adolescent TTB voices in mind,......any suggestions out there??

Many Thanks,

Tammy Benton
Choral Director
Midway Middle School
on July 29, 2004 10:00pm
In searching music for a program about the music of the Lewis & Clark expedition, and what the men involved with it would have sung, I've come upon "Hail, Columbia", the unofficial National Anthem. I've found the Joseph Hopkinson lyrics, but am unable to locate the Philip Phile melody. Does anyone have any ideas?

Many thanks,
Lea Ann Schramm
Yankton Children's Choir
Yankton, SD 57078
lschramm@iw.net
on March 12, 2005 10:00pm
Hi,

I am looking for all Male and/or all Female Patriot pieces. Any suggestions? Thanks.



Rehema Kavugha
Choral Student
Concordia University
Seward, NE
on September 14, 2005 10:00pm
My son was only 9 years old when he penned a piece, which I joined him in completing after 9-11. It is titled, 'The World In Our Hands'. Craig wrote the 'chorus section' and I wrote the verses. It came at a very importnat time in our history, and, living so close to NY, it made such an impact on Craig that he inspired me to help him with it. It caught the attention of the Hal Leonard Corporation, and they published it in Audrey Snyder's arrangement for 2-parts and 3-parts mixed voices and piano. I still have the original SATB/piano and it has since been orchestrated too. I'd be happy to send a copy of this 21st century Patriotic hymn. Best regards, Jeffrey Biegel www.cyberecital.com sharpnat@aol.com
on April 20, 2006 10:00pm
THE AMERICAN MEN (TTBB) is a virile, patriotic piece that was composed to honor the American soldiers who protect our country. It moves along as would a march, and should be sung with gusto. This piece would make a fine show opener. The text is:

Brothers, join in a solemn prayer for our nation to free.
We were made by a loving God who endowed us with equality.
We agree to respect the rights of all nations, colors and creeds.
We are men of a daring nature, meeting America
on April 23, 2006 10:00pm
Great patriotic piece, rarely sung: Say a Prayer to the Boys Over There. Very appropriate again. We've had good success with it in our womens chorus. Added a second verse of "... for the girls over there", and ending it with "...for them all over there".
on April 27, 2006 10:00pm
PRESIDENTS, THE

THE BOLD SIR GEORGE

The Bold Sir George (unison or simple two-part treble voices with piano accompaniment) is excellent for children to sing. Chord symbols are added to the piano score for those who are less proficient at the piano. The text is:

When America was but still a dream, her people had no self-esteem.
An English king put a tax on tea and took away their liberty.
When a man named George, came on the scene,
he said the king was much too mean
So he raised an army out of just plain folk
and vowed to break the tyrant
on July 5, 2007 10:00pm
I would like to do a "Florida Theme" concert and am pursuing different angles. Instead of spotlighting Florida composers , although there many wonderful ones, I want to do themes that come to mind when you hear 'Florida'. Ideas shared thus far include:

Bugs (I found 'The Cicada', but no recording for reference)
Sun (Key Largo & Let the sun shine)
Retiree (Stephen Foster's Down where the ol' folks play)

Any other suggestions? I'm open to all styles of choral music. Thanks!!

Dianna
on May 24, 2008 10:00pm
Where can I buy sheet music in pomona
on September 10, 2008 10:00pm
I am looking for the sheet music to "I Pledge Allegiance", which I believe was sung at John F. Kennedy's swearing in ceremony. I believe that the Marines sang this song....about 1962-63....
Thanks for any help.
Carol J. Lindley
on January 9, 2011 1:50am
Two selections from M Ryan Taylor on ChoirWorks.com
 
 
A setting from American Poet Vachel Lindsay:
on February 6, 2011 3:27pm
Regarding patriotic pieces:
 
I have written an SSA arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner" which has been performed as a trio at sports events.  It is quite lyrical and would be lovely for a concert as well with full women's chorus.  The arrangement is interesting because each voice has at least one note of the melody at one time or another.  So the piece is inventive without insulting traditionalists who like to hear their national anthem performed in its purest form.   You are welcome to use the song for free so long as you notify me that you are planning to use it.   Contact me at kayne_@_songsforall.com (leave out underscores).
 
I have also written an arrangement of "This Land Is Your Land" for SST/B and Piano.  It met with great success when we sang it at a Rotary meeting.  Moderately easy.  If you'd like to use it, contact me at the email above.
 
I am offering all my songs for free downloads at www.songsforall.com if you'd like to see what else might interest you.