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I Wonder As I Wander (full Score): Concert Band

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PUBLISHER: G. Schirmer
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
John Jacob Niles ' I Wonder As I Wander , arranged for Orchestra. This Christian folk hymn was inspired by a song heard by Niles at a fundraising meeting for evangelicals which heattendedin Murphy, North Carolina. Niles wrote of the moment he first heard the tune: ' A girl had stepped out to
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Publisher G. Schirmer
Product Format Score
Genre Concert Piece
Year of Publication 2005
Style Christmas
ISBN 9780634079351
UPC 073999859263
Instrumentation Concert Band
No. HL50485926
Number of pages 12
Series G. Schirmer Band-Orchestra
Description

John Jacob Niles' I Wonder As I Wander, arranged for Orchestra.

This Christian folk hymn was inspired by a song heard by Niles at a fundraising meeting for evangelicals which heattendedin Murphy, North Carolina. Niles wrote of the moment he first heard the tune:

'A girl had stepped out to the edge of the little platform attached to the automobile. She began to sing. Her clotheswereunbelievable dirty and ragged, and she, too, was unwashed. Her ash-blond hair hung down in long skeins.... But, best of all, she was beautiful, and in her untutored way, she could sing. She smiled as she sang, smiled rathersadly,and sang only a single line of a song'.

Niles requested that the girl repeat the fragment seven times, paying her a quarter per performance, and left with 'three lines of verse, a garbled fragmentofmelodic material—and a magnificent idea'. He completed his composition on October 4, 1933 and I Wonder As I Wander was first performed on December 19, 1933, at the John C. Campbell Folk School inBrasstown,North Carolina.

This melodic arrangement by Michael Brown offers an opportunity for every group of instruments to shine, making it an excellent choice for school concerts or showcases.

Songlist
  • 1. I Wonder as I Wander
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