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Kentucky Home

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 4.5 | Duration: 6:10
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2012

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Combining Stephen Foster's popular song My Old Kentucky Home and original themes of his own, Gillingham has created a challenging & engaging work that poignantly captures the spirit of the state of Kentucky.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 4.5 | Duration: 6:10

    Instrumentation
    Piccolo
    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe 1/2
    Bassoon 1/2
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    B-flat Clarinet 3
    B-flat Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1/2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    B-flat Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1/2
    F Horn 3/4
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Bass Trombone
    Euphonium
    Baritone T.C.
    Tuba

    Piano

    Timpani (4 drums)
    Percussion 1 (crotales, xylophone, suspended cymbal)
    Percussion 2 (bells, marimba, temple blocks, crash cymbals)
    Percussion 3 (snare drum, crash cymbals, woodblock, 4 tom-toms, crotales)
    Percussion 4 (suspended cymbal, hi-hat, tam-tam, brake drum, tambourine)
    Percussion 5 (bass drum, slapstick, 4 tom-toms, bells)

    Program Notes
    Stephen Foster wrote My Old Kentucky Home in 1852. Between 1895 and 1901 the Edison Quartet recorded the song on a brown wax cylinder and the song became hugely popular. In 1928 the song was adopted as Kentucky's official state song. Kentucky Home was commissioned by the Psi Chapter, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity, with the request that My Old Kentucky Home be included in the piece. Having an affinity for the songs of Stephen Foster, I was inspired and motivated to write a piece that celebrated the great state of Kentucky and sought to capture the pioneer spirit of Daniel Boone and others who led the area to statehood in 1792. The piece alternates between a sprightly theme (first heard in the trumpets) and Foster's My Old Kentucky Home which is first eluded to in the slow introduction. The sprightly theme is indicative of the pioneer spirit of the early Kentuckians and, of course, the Foster song reminds us, quite nostalgically, of the beautiful countryside where thousands of people have made their homes. A development section occupies the middle of the piece which includes an array of percussion and a fugal exposition built on a subject utilizing the first two phrases of My Old Kentucky Home. This section drives toward a tour de force in which both themes are united and culminate in a spirited and exciting coda.

  • Video

    • Kentucky Home

      World Premiere of Kentucky Hom, written by David Gillingham, performed by the 2012 KMEA All-State Symphonic Band.
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