An American Tapestry (chamber version)

Unique instrumentation and colorful harmonies enliven this continuous medley of three American folk songs. High school through professional (Level 3). Chamber winds.


For 11 wind players: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, alto sax, tenor sax, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, tuba. Duration: 6’45”

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An American Tapestry is also available for full wind ensemble, from Boosey & Hawkes.


(Ithaca College Wind Ensemble; Stephen Peterson conducting)



View score on publisher web site.

Composer’s Notes

Commissioned in 2003 by a consortium of ten Minnesota high schools, this work for chamber winds is a continuous medley of three American folk tunes: The Girl I Left Behind Me, She’s Gone Away and Ol’ Dan Tucker. It was performed by all of the schools in the spring and fall of 2003, and I was fortunate to conduct several of the performances. Since publication in the Windependence Series (Boosey & Hawkes), the piece has become quite popular and is on many repertoire lists for chamber wind music. It’s also available for full wind ensemble.