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I Wonder As I Wander - Full Score: String Orchestra

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PUBLISHER: G. Schirmer
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
John Jacob Niles ' I Wonder As I Wander , arranged for Concert Band. This Christian folk hymn was inspired by a song heard by Niles at a fundraising meeting for evangelicals whichheattended in 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 2007
ISBN 9781423446293
UPC 884088184438
Instrumentation String Orchestra
No. HL50486639
Number of pages 8
Series String Orchestra
Description

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

This Christian folk hymn was inspired by a song heard by Niles at a fundraising meeting for evangelicals whichheattended in 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 beautifully flowing arrangement by Bob Krogstad conjures up an atmosphere of wistful contemplation.

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