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Simple Gifts (Brass Choir)

By Joseph Brackett

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Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn in F, Euphonium, Brass Ensemble or Choir
Composed by Joseph Brackett. Arranged by Jake Lineberry. 16 pages. Published by Jake Lineberry (S0.114741).

Item Number: S0.114741

Background and compositionThe tune was written by Joseph Brackett (1797–1882) in 1848.[2] Brackett, a lifelong resident of Maine, first joined the Shakers at Gorham, Maine, when his father's farm helped to form the nucleus of a new Shaker settlement.[3]Resurgence and enduring popularityThe song was largely unknown outside Shaker communities until Aaron Copland used its melody for the score of Martha Graham's ballet Appalachian Spring, first performed in 1944. Copland used "Simple Gifts" a second time in 1950 in his first set of Old American Songs for voice and piano, which was later orchestrated. Many people thought that the tune of "Simple Gifts" was a traditional Celtic one but both the music and original lyrics are actually the compositions of Brackett. "Simple Gifts" has been adapted or arranged many times since by folksingers and composers.[4].

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