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Old Folks at Home (Dvorak)


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 1.5 | Duration: 2.30
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 2000

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Could Dvorak have known that he was writing a standard piece for young bands when he created this piece? This rendition of Old Folks at Home is ideal for a variety of occasions - concerts, graduation ceremony, and special events.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 1.5 | Duration: 2.30

    Flute 1/2
    Oboe 1/2 (opt)
    Eb Clarinet
    Bb Clarinet 1/2/3
    Alto Clarine
    Bb Bass Clarinet (opt)
    Bassoon (opt
    Alto Saxophone 1/2 (opt)
    Bb Tenor Sax (opt)
    Eb Baritone Sax (opt)

    F Horn 1/2/3/
    Trombone 1/3
    Trombone 2 (opt)
    Timpani (opt)
    Percussion 1 (opt) (triangle)

    Program Notes
    Dvorak's arrangement for orchestra of The Old Folks at Home was made in the 1890s for a Summer School held in Spillville, Iowa. Those attending were mostly drawn from a local Czech-speaking community and Dvorak enjoyed sharing time with people who spoke his own language. As instrumentalists the players were limited, many little more than beginners; yet in his arrangement Dvorak created a musically authentic and attractive setting of Stephen Foster's popular melody that is truly a masterpiece in economy of demand. Many years later, in 1942, Edwin Franko Goldman invited Erik Leidzen to transcribe Dvorak's arrangement for concert band.

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