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Persia, The


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 3 | Duration: 5:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
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    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

    Flute 1/2
    Bassoon 1/2
    Clarinet in Bb 1
    Clarinet in Bb 2/3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1/2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Trumpet in Bb 1
    Trumpet in Bb 2/3
    Horn in F 1/3
    Horn in F 2/4
    Trombone 1/2
    Bass Trombone
    (Baritone T.C.)

    Percussion 1 (chimes)
    Percussion 2 (snare drum, bass drum)
    Percussion 3 (triangle, suspended cymbal)

    Program Notes
    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)

    The Persia
    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

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