Hail To The Spirit of Freedom By W. C. Handy Arranged for Brass Quintet by Jari Villanueva
2 Trumpets, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba, (opt. Drums) Optional parts for Alto Horn and TC Baritone
Score and parts downloaded upon payment
William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was a composer and musician who was known as the Father of the Blues. Handy was one of the most influential songwriters in the United States.
Handy was an educated musician who used elements of folk music in his compositions. He was scrupulous in documenting the sources of his works, which frequently combined stylistic influences from various performers.
W.C. Handy wrote numerous compositions including St Louis Blues, Memphis Blues, Yellow Dog Blues, along with this march Hail to the Spirit of Freedom written in 1915. This march was written for the Lincoln Jubilee commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Emancipation held in Chicago. There are quotes “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp”, “Columbia, Gem of the Ocean”, “Hail Columbia”, “My Old Kentucky Home”, “Old Black Joe”, “Hot Time in the Old Town”, “Dixie”. “Yankee Doodle”, and the bugle call “Reveille”.