Spoon River

Percy Aldridge Grainger
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SMC S926CB/ HL 3779032

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This American folk-dance set for concert band is based on the tune "Spoon River", which a Captain Charles H. Robinson heard in 1857 being played by a rustic fiddler at a country dance in Brandford, Illinois.  Passed to Grainger through poet Edgar Lee Masters in 1914, it is a very archaic tune in character; typically American, yet akin to certain Scottish and English dance-tune types.  Grainger aims in his original setting at preserving a pioneer blend of lonesome wistfulness and sturdy persistence.  This edition for band seeks to maintain the Grainger sound, while offering bands instrument substitutions for those that have become less common and making small additions such as clearer dynamics.