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Variants on a Shaped Note Tune

By Johnnie Vinson

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Variants on a Shaped Note Tune
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Concert Band (Score & Parts) - Grade 3
Composed by Johnnie Vinson. MusicWorks Grade 3. Festival, Early American, Contest. Score and parts (with online audio). Published by Hal Leonard (HL.4002416).

Item Number: HL.4002416

9x12 inches.

Variants on a Shaped Note Tune was commissioned by the Homewood Middle School Band (Homewood, AL), and was premiered at the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference in January 2006. The title refers to a traditional early American singing style based on reading a system of shapes rather than musical notes. Based on the Scottish tune “Pisgah” from the shape note songbook, The Sacred Harp, the Variants begin simply with a statement by unison clarinets. From there begins a series of distinctive variations featuring an ingenious mix of styles, tempos, and instrumentation. Destined to become a staple on required contest lists for years to come, this work provides an exceptional complement for any program or festival. Duration: 5:00 (Includes Full Performance Audio Available Online).

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