HOLIDAYS

Here are some suggestions for holiday-themed concerts. Of course, with a little “spin,” any piece of music can work on any holiday! All the pieces on this page are duplicates of their listings on other pages of this site.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH (MARTIN LUTHER KING’S BIRTHDAY)

Martin Luther King Jr.

♫ An American Cantata

“I HAVE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP
…and I have seen the Promised Land…”
The 2nd Movement of Maury Yeston’s “An American Cantata” is a setting of Dr. King’s legendary speech, with special permission given to him by Corretta Scott King. Set for Gospel Choir, SATB Chorus, and Children’s Choir, it celebrates Dr. King’s stirring message and abiding legacy. Both full Orchestral Accompaniment (orchestrated by Mr. Yeston) and Piano Accompaniment versions suitable for schools, church groups and concert events are available.

“An American Cantata” is a composition by Maury Yeston for 2,000 voices and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin. It was commissioned by the Kennedy Center for performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the Millennium Celebration in the Spring of the year 2000. SOLOIST: Norm Lewis

Composed and orchestrated by Yeston, the piece is a three-movement work that celebrates the achievement of the idea of individual liberty and equality, along with our inherent and universal entitlement to it, and the sanctity of each human life, as our civilization’s single greatest intellectual accomplishment of the past thousand years.

Sung by a Mixed Chorus, Boys Choir, and Gospel Choir; texts include excerpts from the Magna Carta, the writings of Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr.’s final Memphis speech (“I have been to the mountaintop”), and original lyrics by Yeston.

NOTE: The use of 2000 voices was a one-time event. The piece may be performed by far fewer voices such as 90 (30+30+15+15). The term “Boys Choir” denotes the desired sound. This may absolutely be a Children’s Choir composed of boys and girls.


1st Movement
2nd Movement
3rd Movement

INSTRUMENTATION: 3(1st=Picc), 3(3rd_EH),3(3rd=BsCl),3(3rd=ContraBsn) / 4,3,3(3rd=BsTbn),1 / Timp, Perc:[Glock, Crotales, Tubular Bells, Vibes, Tri, Tamb, Piatti, Bright Sizzle Cym, SusCym, LgGong, SnDr, Tom-Toms, GC] / Harp, Full Strings / Chorus / Rhythm Section (2nd Mvt. only): Piano, ElecBs,Drs)

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Saint Patricks Day

♫ American Parade

American Parade—a Century of Celebration consists of four short pieces depicting parade holidays. As played by the West Point Army Band, “American Parade” became the subject of a documentary—of the same name—featuring the pieces performed in their entirety, then going on to explore music in the military. The entire hour-long documentary can be seen on YouTube HERE
(NOTE: There is also a Concert Band version available, transcribed by West Point arranger Douglas Richard.)

Composed and Orchestrated by Steve Margoshes

St. Patrick’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day

INSTRUMENTATION: 2,2(II=Ob&EH),2,2 / 4,3,3,1 / Timp, Perc [], Piano / Strings.

MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day

♫ An American Cantata

“An American Cantata” is a composition by Maury Yeston for 2,000 voices and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin. It was commissioned by the Kennedy Center for performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the Millennium Celebration in the Spring of the year 2000. SOLOIST: Norm Lewis

Composed and orchestrated by Yeston, the piece is a three-movement work that celebrates the achievement of the idea of individual liberty and equality, along with our inherent and universal entitlement to it, and the sanctity of each human life, as our civilization’s single greatest intellectual accomplishment of the past thousand years.

Sung by a Mixed Chorus, Boys Choir, and Gospel Choir; texts include excerpts from the Magna Carta, the writings of Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr.’s final Memphis speech (“I have been to the mountaintop”), and original lyrics by Yeston.

NOTE: The use of 2000 voices was a one-time event. The piece may be performed by far fewer voices such as 90 (30+30+15+15). The term “Boys Choir” denotes the desired sound. This may absolutely be a Children’s Choir composed of boys and girls.


1st Movement
2nd Movement
3rd Movement

INSTRUMENTATION: 3(1st=Picc), 3(3rd_EH),3(3rd=BsCl),3(3rd=ContraBsn) / 4,3,3(3rd=BsTbn),1 / Timp, Perc:[Glock, Crotales, Tubular Bells, Vibes, Tri, Tamb, Piatti, Bright Sizzle Cym, SusCym, LgGong, SnDr, Tom-Toms, GC] / Harp, Full Strings / Chorus / Rhythm Section (2nd Mvt. only): Piano, ElecBs,Drs)

♫ American Parade

American Parade—a Century of Celebration consists of four short pieces depicting parade holidays. As played by the West Point Army Band, “American Parade” became the subject of a documentary—of the same name—featuring the pieces performed in their entirety, then going on to explore music in the military. The entire hour-long documentary can be seen on YouTube HERE
(NOTE: There is also a Concert Band version available, transcribed by West Point arranger Douglas Richard.)

Composed and Orchestrated by Steve Margoshes

St. Patrick’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day

INSTRUMENTATION: 2,2(II=Ob&EH),2,2 / 4,3,3,1 / Timp, Perc [], Piano / Strings.

♫ March for Americans

Composed by Ferde Grofé

INSTRUMENTATION: 3(3=Picc).2.2.2/4.3.3(3 is Bass).1/Timpani.Snare Drum.Perc(2)(Crash Cymbal, Bells).Bass Drum.Hrp/6.5.4.4.3

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Fourth of July

♫ American Barcarolle

Composed by Harry Warren

INSTRUMENTATION: Rd1-6(Fl.Ob.Cl.Cl.BsCl.Bn)/1.1.0.0/Hrp/6.5.4.4.3

♫ American Parade

American Parade—a Century of Celebration consists of four short pieces depicting parade holidays. As played by the West Point Army Band, “American Parade” became the subject of a documentary—of the same name—featuring the pieces performed in their entirety, then going on to explore music in the military. The entire hour-long documentary can be seen on YouTube HERE
(NOTE: There is also a Concert Band version available, transcribed by West Point arranger Douglas Richard.)

Composed and Orchestrated by Steve Margoshes

St. Patrick’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day

INSTRUMENTATION: 2,2(II=Ob&EH),2,2 / 4,3,3,1 / Timp, Perc [], Piano / Strings.

♫ An American Cantata

“An American Cantata” is a composition by Maury Yeston for 2,000 voices and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin. It was commissioned by the Kennedy Center for performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the Millennium Celebration in the Spring of the year 2000. SOLOIST: Norm Lewis

Composed and orchestrated by Yeston, the piece is a three-movement work that celebrates the achievement of the idea of individual liberty and equality, along with our inherent and universal entitlement to it, and the sanctity of each human life, as our civilization’s single greatest intellectual accomplishment of the past thousand years.

Sung by a Mixed Chorus, Boys Choir, and Gospel Choir; texts include excerpts from the Magna Carta, the writings of Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr.’s final Memphis speech (“I have been to the mountaintop”), and original lyrics by Yeston.

NOTE: The use of 2000 voices was a one-time event. The piece may be performed by far fewer voices such as 90 (30+30+15+15). The term “Boys Choir” denotes the desired sound. This may absolutely be a Children’s Choir composed of boys and girls.


1st Movement
2nd Movement
3rd Movement

INSTRUMENTATION: 3(1st=Picc), 3(3rd_EH),3(3rd=BsCl),3(3rd=ContraBsn) / 4,3,3(3rd=BsTbn),1 / Timp, Perc:[Glock, Crotales, Tubular Bells, Vibes, Tri, Tamb, Piatti, Bright Sizzle Cym, SusCym, LgGong, SnDr, Tom-Toms, GC] / Harp, Full Strings / Chorus / Rhythm Section (2nd Mvt. only): Piano, ElecBs,Drs)

♫ March for Americans

Composed by Ferde Grofé

INSTRUMENTATION: 3(3=Picc).2.2.2/4.3.3(3 is Bass).1/Timpani.Snare Drum.Perc(2)(Crash Cymbal, Bells).Bass Drum.Hrp/6.5.4.4.3

♫ Niagara Falls Suite

A piece in 4 short movements (after Ferde Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite”)
At this time there is no recording of this wonderful Suite.

1. The American Falls (also being a tribute to the wonders of Hydro-Electric Power)
2. The River and the Rapids (also being a tribute to all those compelled to go over the Falls in barrels and what-not)
3. The Mist and the Rainbow (also being a tribute to the lovers and newlyweds who have visited Niagara Falls)
4. The Canadian Horseshoe Falls (also being a tribute–in the 2nd section–to the legendary “Maid of the Mist”

INSTRUMENTATION: 2(II=Fl & Picc),2(II=Ob & EH),2,2 / 4, 3(in C),2(TenTbns),2(BsTbns),1 / Timp, Perc:[SplCym, LgCym, Bells, Vibes, Tri, SmCym, MedCym, SizzleCym, BsDr, Tri, Crotales, Tam-Tam], Harp / Strings

THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving Turkey

♫ An American Cantata

“An American Cantata” is a composition by Maury Yeston for 2,000 voices and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin. It was commissioned by the Kennedy Center for performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the Millennium Celebration in the Spring of the year 2000. SOLOIST: Norm Lewis

Composed and orchestrated by Yeston, the piece is a three-movement work that celebrates the achievement of the idea of individual liberty and equality, along with our inherent and universal entitlement to it, and the sanctity of each human life, as our civilization’s single greatest intellectual accomplishment of the past thousand years.

Sung by a Mixed Chorus, Boys Choir, and Gospel Choir; texts include excerpts from the Magna Carta, the writings of Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr.’s final Memphis speech (“I have been to the mountaintop”), and original lyrics by Yeston.

NOTE: The use of 2000 voices was a one-time event. The piece may be performed by far fewer voices such as 90 (30+30+15+15). The term “Boys Choir” denotes the desired sound. This may absolutely be a Children’s Choir composed of boys and girls.


1st Movement
2nd Movement
3rd Movement

INSTRUMENTATION: 3(1st=Picc), 3(3rd_EH),3(3rd=BsCl),3(3rd=ContraBsn) / 4,3,3(3rd=BsTbn),1 / Timp, Perc:[Glock, Crotales, Tubular Bells, Vibes, Tri, Tamb, Piatti, Bright Sizzle Cym, SusCym, LgGong, SnDr, Tom-Toms, GC] / Harp, Full Strings / Chorus / Rhythm Section (2nd Mvt. only): Piano, ElecBs,Drs)

♫ American Parade

American Parade—a Century of Celebration consists of four short pieces depicting parade holidays. As played by the West Point Army Band, “American Parade” became the subject of a documentary—of the same name—featuring the pieces performed in their entirety, then going on to explore music in the military. The entire hour-long documentary can be seen on YouTube HERE
(NOTE: There is also a Concert Band version available, transcribed by West Point arranger Douglas Richard.)

Composed and Orchestrated by Steve Margoshes

St. Patrick’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day

INSTRUMENTATION: 2,2(II=Ob&EH),2,2 / 4,3,3,1 / Timp, Perc [], Piano / Strings.