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America the Beautiful ("Materna") — brass quintet

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By Samuel Augustus Ward

Brass Quintet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Samuel Augustus Ward. Arranged by Todd Marchand. Fourth of July, Patriotic, Americana. Score, Set of Parts. 11 pages. Published by Con Spirito Music (S0.181925).

Item Number: S0.181925

Samuel Augustus Ward (1848-1903), composer and organist at Grace Episcopal Church, Newark, New Jersey, composed his tune “Materna” to accompany the hymn text “O Mother Dear, Jerusalem” in 1882, and it was first published in 1892.

Katherine Lee Bates (1859-1929), poet and teacher, wrote the poem “Pikes Peak” during a visit to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1893, and it was published under the title “America” in the church periodical, The Congregationalist, in 1893.

Bates's poem, which she revised in 1904 and 1913, was first published with Ward's music in 1910 under the title “America the Beautiful.” Samuel Ward never met Katherine Bates, having died in 1903; yet “America the Beautiful” has become one of the best-loved American patriotic songs.

©Copyright 2014, revised 2020 Todd Marchand /

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  • 5

    Mike Badley
    Brighton, CO
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  • July 27, 2020 America the Beautiful

    A beautiful arrangement with nice arpeggios and a modulation to the main, well known theme. A patriotic staple for all quintets.

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