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Battle Cry for Freedom, The (Root)


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 4 | Duration: 5:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications

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    An arrangement one of the most popular songs during the American Civil War, Noah D. Taylor's, The Battle Cry for Freedom is sure to inspire patriotic spirit. This dramatic work is tuneful, yet features "rousingly" aggressive writing with a modern march sound.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 4 | Duration: 5:00

    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe 1
    Oboe 2
    Bassoon 1
    Bassoon 2
    Clarinet 1
    Clarinet 2
    Clarinet 3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Trumpet 1
    Trumpet 2
    Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1
    F Horn 2
    F Horn 3
    F Horn 4
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Bass Trombone
    (TC Baritone)

    Timpani (4)
    Percussion 1 [2 Players] (Snare Drum, Bass Drum)
    Percussion 2 (Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals)
    Mallet Percussion (Bells, Chimes)

    Program Notes
    Originally composed by American composer George Frederick Root in 1862, "The Battle Cry of Freedom" captured the patriotic spirit of the Union during American Civil War. It became so popular that composer H. L. Schreiner and lyricist W. H. Barnes adapted it for the Confederate States of America. President Lincoln was also moved by the version of this song, so it was used as the campaign theme song for the Lincoln-Johnson ticket in the 1864 presidential election.

    This modern adaption of this historic song is meant to reignite the patriot spirit of the listener. I chose to alter the title of the song from "Battle Cry of Freedom" to "Battle Cry For Freedom" to give the piece a more dramatic title. I think 'for' is a more powerful preposition that matches the spirit of the song. I have always been influenced by American classical and film composers, so it felt only natural to arrange this piece with a modern, but strikingly 'American' sound.

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