Grandmother Song

Commissioned by American Composers Forum

Grandmother Song

Commissioned by American Composers Forum

Series: BandQuest Publisher: American Composers Forum Score & Parts Author: Brent Michael Davids

Level: 3

“Grandmother Song” is an introduction to the Mohican tradition of “sung syllables,” or what Native Americans call “vocables.” Combining them with traditional wood flute songs, composer Brent Michael Davids offers a fresh look at the “sound” of Native American songs. Band instruments are performed less as musical instruments and more as talking sticks, singing reeds, rustling winds and shooting thunder. Through this beautiful ballad, students are given the materials to understand how Native Americans celebrate the world around them through the blending of words and song. (Includes score and parts.)

BandQuest®, an exciting series of new music and accompanying curricula for band, is a program published by the American Composers Forum. The series was started as a response to feedback from music educators that there is a pressing need for new, fresh band music. The heart of this program is new works written by a diverse group of leading American composers who have created challenging pieces that are a true departure from standard middle school repertoire. Every BandQuest project includes a residency component in which the composer works collaboratively with a middle school as they create their new piece. Many BandQuest pieces are accompanied by an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to assist students as they learn the music and to integrate each piece with non-music studies.

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Instrumentation Number of Parts Pages Per Part
FULL SCORE 1 16
VOICE 6 1
FLUTE 6 1
OBOE 2 1
BASSOON 2 1
BB CLARINET 1 6 1
BB CLARINET 2 6 1
BB BASS CLARINET 2 1
EB ALTO SAX 1 2 1
EB ALTO SAX 2 2 1
BB TENOR SAXOPHONE 2 1
EB BARITONE SAXOPHONE 1 1
BB TRUMPET 1 4 1
BB TRUMPET 2 4 1
F HORN 4 1
TROMBONE 4 1
EUPHONIUM IN BASS CLEF 2 1
EUPHONIUM IN TREBLE CLEF 2 1
TUBA 4 1
PERCUSSION 1 1 1
PERCUSSION 2 2 1
PERCUSSION 3 1 1
VIBRAPHONE 1 1
TIMPANI 1 1

$60.00 (US) Inventory #HL 04002005 ISBN: 9780634047176 UPC: 073999105117 Width: 9.0" Length: 12.0" Run time: 0:03:05

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