Civil War Songs

Year: 1992

Instrumentation: viola, piano

Duration: 18 minutes

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Civil War Songs were composed after watching Ken Burns’ PBS documentary on the Civil War and hearing its beautiful violin solo accompaniment. It was only after writing the variations on that lovely tune, that I learned it did not hark back to the Civil War, but had been written for the documentary. Oh, well – no matter. Then, afterwards, I decided to set the famous Battle Hymn of the Republic. The series should have at least one real Civil War tune, after all!

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