Format Notated Music
Contributors Farmer, Henry
Fennell, Frederick
Library of Congress
Location Washington D.C.
Subjects Brass Band Music
The Moonbeam Waltzes
From the manuscript band books of the Manchester Cornet Band (founded in 1854), second set, no. 67. Piano arrangement published in America (Troy, N.Y.: Edward P. Jones, 1859). Downing's arrangement is in the common band key of E-flat, while the piano version is in F. The piccolo part has been added. Although it is not certain that the particular Henry Farmer who wrote these waltzes was the British violinist and composer who lived from 1819 to 1891, he is the most likely candidate (James D. Brown and Stephen S. Stratton, British Musical Biography [Birmingham: S.S. Stratton, 1897], 142). Downing was a prominent bandmaster and composer in New York. These waltzes demonstrate a variety of effective conventional band-scoring techniques, from the quartet writing of the slow introduction, to the various colorful doublings of the melodic line and harmonic support through the combination of sustained- and peck-note parts. Besides providing textbook examples of brasswind writing, the waltzes are themselves attractive, employing a good variety of waltz-rhythm devices. Though clearly functional, the "Moonbeam Waltzes" might well have been presented in concerts and are more than a cut above such unpretentious pieces as the "Indiana Polka" in sophistication of imagination and technique. print | Modern edition created by Library of Congress staff member David Arbury. Transcribed from original band books. Print (Form).
Contributor Names
Farmer, Henry -- 1819-1891 (arranger)
Fennell, Frederick (conductor)
Created / Published
Library of Congress, monographic.
Subject Headings
-  Brass band music
-  Modern edition created by Library of Congress staff member David Arbury. Transcribed from original band books.
sound recording
Library of Congress Music Division
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