America The Beautiful for Flexible Ensemble
Samuel A. Ward arranged by Joseph Benjamin Earp, Claude T. Smith
“America The Beautiful” continues to be an expression of patriotism at its finest. It conveys an attitude of appreciation and gratitude for the nation’s extraordinary physical beauty and abundance, without triumphalism. Claude T. Smith’s arrangement of this masterpiece generates a fresh take on this song reviving the hope we share for our dear America. This flexible arrangement allows ensembles to perform the work with as few as thirteen musicians providing accessibility and flexibility for numerous instrumentation needs, while still allowing a full ensemble sound.
*The posted recording is based on the full band scoring but aligns with the suggested preferences for either woodwinds/strings or brass suggested in the score.