photo by JoeTaravella.
In honor of yesterday's New Orleans's Saints Superbowl win... and because next week is winter break here in NYC and I never assign homework over breaks... and because last weekend finished up recitals and I like to have easy lessons following recitals... but mostly because my most favorite beginner clarinet student asked me to bring in "something fun" for us to play in our next lesson and for her to practice over the break, I offer the newest BCM Beginner Solo/Duet/Trio: the classic "When The Saints Go Marching In."
Now, most people are familiar with the history of this tune: An old slave spiritual used in New Orleans at first as a funeral dirge and later made popular by Louis Armstrong in the 1930's. I like it because it is recognizable to most beginner students and with its melodic range of only a 5th, it is easily, albeit squarely, played by beginners. However, there are those who regard this tune with some disdain. Wikipedia, share your vast knowledge:
It is nicknamed "The Monster" by some jazz musicians, as it seems to be the only tune some people know to request when seeing a Dixieland band, and some musicians dread being asked to play it several times a night. The musicians at Preservation Hall in New Orleans got so tired of playing it that the sign announcing the fee schedule ran $1 for standard requests, $2 for unusual requests, and $5 for "The Saints". (This was in early 1960s dollars. By 2004 the price had gone up to $10.)
$10 to hear "When The Saints?!" I give it to you for free! It may not be the hippest version, but this solo/duet/trio should be easily played by your 1st-3rd year students:
PDFs & bundles are below the fold. (Note: All concert band instruments are in the concert key of Eb, the strings are in the key of A, and the recorder is in the key of G.) For a reminder on how this solo/duets/trios work, click here. Enjoy!