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Simple Gifts Shaker Hymn for Brass Quintet

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By Joseph Brackett

Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn in F, Brass Quintet - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Joseph Brackett. Arranged by Jari A. Villanueva. 20th Century, Spiritual, Patriotic, Old-time, Americana. Score, Set of Parts. 17 pages. Published by JV MUSIC (S0.286155).

Item Number: S0.286155

Simple Gifts Shaker Hymn for Brass Quintet Transcribed by Jari Villanueva

Brass Quintet
2 Trumpets in Bb

The tune was written by JosephBrackett (1797–1882) in 1848.[Brackett, a lifelong resident of Maine,first joined the Shakers at Gorham, Maine, when his father's farm helpedto form the nucleus of a new Shaker settlement.

The song was largely unknown outside Shaker communitiesuntil Aaron Copland used its melody for the score of MarthaGraham's ballet Appalachian Spring (Shakers once worshippedon Holy Mount, in the Appalachians), first performed in 1944. Copland used"Simple Gifts" a second time in 1950 in his first set of OldAmerican Songs for voice and piano, which was later orchestrated. Manypeople thought that the tune of "Simple Gifts" was a traditionalCeltic one but both the music and original lyrics are actually the compositionsof Brackett. "Simple Gifts" has been adapted or arranged many timessince by folksingers and composers.

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  • 5

    Mr Mike
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  • October 13, 2018 Super arrangement!

    Beautiful voicing for brass of the familiar Shaker melody in Copland's Appalachian Spring.

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