Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Barbara Allen

composer: Traditional, arr. Don Sweete
title: Barbara Allen
publisher: Eighth Note Publications
level: High School
range: g#’”

This setting of the moving old folk song is arranged so as to present definite challenges to the player, while still being very available. The key, B minor to D major (concert), is perhaps the biggest obstacle, though the very slow tempo and meter changes also give students some rhythmic issues to sink their teeth into, as well.

The piano part is very approachable to a young player, so here is one more gem from Eighth Note Publications that provides an opportunity for students to work together as a team. Thumbs up!

(With Jacob Sampson, University of Tennessee class of '11)

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