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Cajun Folk Songs II

By Frank Ticheli

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Concert band - Grade 4
Composed by Frank Ticheli. Suitable for high school, community, and college bands. Conductor score and set of parts. Duration 10:30. Published by Manhattan Beach Music (MH.0-931329-51-5).

Item Number: MH.0-931329-51-5

ISBN 0-931329-51-5.

The first "Cajun Folk Songs" is one of our nation's most admired and performed band works. This sequel demonstrates a control of musical craft rarely glimpsed in band music. Lush and beautiful, with a three-dimensional quality - positively hypnotic! The 2nd movement, "Hoedown" (itself only grade 3) is great fun to boot! Cajuns are descendants of the Acadians, a group of early French colonists who began settling in Acadia (now Nova Scotia) around 1604. In 1755 they were driven out by the British, eventually resettling in southern Louisiana. Today there are nearly a million French-speaking descendants of the Acadians living in Louisiana and parts of Texas, preserving many of the customs, traditions, stories, and songs of their ancestors. Although a rich Cajun folksong tradition exists, the music has become increasingly commercialized and Americanized throughout the twentieth century, obscuring its original simplicity and directness. In response to this trend, Alan and John Lomax traveled to southern Louisiana in 1934 to collect and record numerous Cajun folksongs in the field for the Archive of Folk Music in the Library of Congress. By doing so, they helped to preserve Cajun music in its original form as a pure and powerful expression of Louisiana French Society. Ensemble instrumentation: 1 Piccolo, 4 Flute 1, 4 Flute 2, 1 Oboe 1, 1 Oboe 2, 1 English Horn, 4 Bb Clarinet 1, 4 Bb Clarinet 2, 4 Bb Clarinet 3, 3 Bb Bass Clarinet, 1 Eb Contra Alto Clarinet, 1 Bb Contrabass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon 1, 1 Bassoon 2, 3 Eb Alto Saxophone 1, 3 Eb Alto Saxophone 2, 2 Bb Tenor Saxophone, 1 Eb Baritone Saxophone, 3 Bb Trumpet 1, 3 Bb Trumpet 2, 3 Bb Trumpet 3, 2 F Horn 1-3, 2 F Horn 2-4, 2 Trombone 1, 2 Trombone 2, 2 Trombone 3, 3 Euphonium B.C., 2 Euphonium T.C., 4 Tuba, 2 Timpani, 2 Percussion 1, 2 Percussion 2, 3 Percussion 3.

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