Publication's Style: Soft Cover 2 Books
Level of Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate
General Description: Patriotic Songs for Guitar Ensemble
Catalog Number: 74613
Although these tunes are all associated with the American National Experience, many of them originated elsewhere: Gary Owen, My Country ‘tis of Thee, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, The World Turned Upside Down, and The Star Spangled Banner are from the British Isles. Yankee Doodle dates from 1776. Dixie, though premiered in New York City for a musical review, has become associated with the Confederate States of America. However, just as our multi-cultured and multiethnic populations are proud to call themselves Americans, these tunes – adopted or home grown have become our own, quintessentially American.
We have included virtually all of the service songs, hymns to freedom, and rousing popular songs that have become associated with the “American Experience”. An interesting exception to this is “The World Turned Upside Down” which was a British popular song reputed to have been played at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, ending the hostilities of the revolutionary War.
Even though these versatile arrangements are playable by student quartets of modest attainment, they are not over simplified or in any way unsuitable for more advanced players. They are also usable by trios or duos, each staff (i.e., guitars 1 & 3, guitars 2 & 4) being playable by a single guitarist. Naturally, the technical demands will be greater for fewer players.