George Washington Slept Here!
Package includes score & parts
for Piano, Flute, & Clarinet
|For Checks and money orders
George Washington Slept Here! is a set of variations on "Soldier's
Joy," which was a popular tune 250 years ago. It appeared in
published collections of sheet music on both sides of the Atlantic,
and as a fiddle tune was played for barn dances and square dances
in colonial America and was surely heard by George Washington himself.
The melody and harmony of the original are simple tonic-dominant structures,
and are typical of fiddle tunes and hornpipes of the period. My set
of variations is written in historic tradition, but with modern conventions
like bi-tonality and jazz-like structures and rhythms. The title captures
the good humor of the set, and celebrates the Hudson Valley, home
to the composer.
I am grateful to the Equinox Chamber Players of St. Louis who first
commissioned a shorter set for wind quintet, and to the Palisades
Virtuosi and the Hudson Valley Piano Club who commissioned this set.
George is also available scored for piano