America the Beautiful


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Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Year of publication: 2006
Voicing: SATB (a cappella)
Duration: 3:35
Level: IV

Unlike most hyper patriotic, “rah rah” arrangements of this song, this is a more contemplative, introspective version of the classic ode to American freedom and liberty – reflecting the original tenor of democracy (as apposed to the distorted present day version – don’t get me started!). This arrangement incorporates some contemporary harmony, but still remains true to the songs classic sensibilities. This chart works well with both small and larger ensembles.

NOTE: There are two wrong notes in the intro on the published version of this arrangement! The D naturals in the tenor and bass parts (bars one and three) should be D flats.

Sop: Bb2 – E4
Alto: G2 – D4
Tenor: Eb2 – F3
Bass: G1 – C3

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