New for 2020! As recorded by Jim Hayes on his latest album, Edge of Forever, this arrangement of Shenandoah is a beautiful and epic solo for Bb cornet with brass band accompaniment.
Shenandoah is a well-known American folk song and has been performed by a diverse range of artists, such as Bryn Terfel, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Nathan Gunn and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The song also goes by the name of Oh Shenandoah and less commonly, Across the Wide Missouri.
The melody is steeped in a rich history and its meaning and usage during the 19th Century was varied and ambiguous. Shenandoah is generally thought of as a sea shanty but its melody is a far cry from the traditional rousing sea shanties we have all come to love.
This brass band arrangement of Shenandoah was specifically written for Jim Hayes 2020 album, Edge of Forever. The arrangement is pleasantly mysterious with sumptuous warm textures and subtle part-writing. Intertwined in the arrangement, the arranger has made use of two Debussy piano pieces, namely The Girl with the Flaxen Hair and Rêverie. The intertwining of all three melodies seamlessly combine to create an entirely new piece.