Ideal scoring for a young band, The Persia is an excellent piece illustrating the programatic nature of music. Based on a tune also known as 'Port Huron's Rockbound Shore', this piece musically portrays the essence of a Great Lakes Voyage.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
Level: 3 | Duration: 5:00
Clarinet in Bb 1
Clarinet in Bb 2/3
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Trumpet in Bb 1
Trumpet in Bb 2/3
Horn in F 1/3
Horn in F 2/4
Percussion 1 (chimes)
Percussion 2 (snare drum, bass drum)
Percussion 3 (triangle, suspended cymbal)
Great Lakes Voyage was commissioned to celebrate the memory of Andy Anderson, a charter member of the Bay Concert Band. The charge was to create a piece that would have special meaning for the band, and one that Andy would have enjoyed playing. Great Lakes folk song themes seemed a natural topic. The tunes chosen include:
I. Bigler’s Crew
II. Low Bridge, Everybody Down (commonly known as The Erie Canal, written by Gov. Thomas Allen of NY in 1913)
III. Nearer, My God, To Thee (Sarah F. Adams, 1841), The Persia Crew, also known as Lake Huron’s Rockbound Shore
IV. The Huron Carol (French Canadian Tune), Hoot Owl Song (Chippewa/Objiwa, collected by Gertrude Prokosch Kurath), What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor and Once More A-Lumbering Go (collected by Earl Clifton Beck)
Nearer, My God, To Thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee! E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me.
Still all my song shall be, ‘Nearer, my God, to Thee’.
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee.
Lake Huron’s Rockbound Shore
Oh, sad and dismal is the tale that I’ll now relate to you,
That of the schooner, ‘Persia,’ her officers and crew;
They sank beneath the deep blue lake in life to rise no more,
Where wind and desolation sweep on Huron’s rockbound shore.
In celebration of Andy Anderson, a charter member of the Bay Concert Band, Bay City, MI