Theme and Variations on “Simple Gifts”

Traditional Shaker Hymn

Dedicated to the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Brass Ensemble: Eli Kronenberg, director


Program Notes:

An arrangement of the traditional Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts” for brass ensemble. Simple Gifts, a quintessentially American tune, was made famous by Copland’s usage of the hymn in his “Appalachian Spring.” This arrangement uses a theme and variations form to present the hymn in various different contexts, similar to Copland’s treatment of the tune in his work.

Instrumentation:

Brass Ensemble: 6 Trumpets, 3 Horns, 3 Trombones, 2 Euphoniums, Tuba, Timpani

Duration:

5 1/2 minutes

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