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Americana Symphony “Variations on Appalachia Waltz” (percussion parts – symphony orchestra)

By Mark O'Connor

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Full Orchestra - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Mark O'Connor. Contemporary Classical, Post-Romantic, Neo-Classical, Americana. Set of Parts. 99 pages. Published by Mark O'Connor Musik International (S0.938819).

Item Number: S0.938819

Americana Symphony “Variations on Appalachia Waltz” (percussion parts – symphony orchestra) MO164Q-T

Percussion Parts (score and parts available)

Music by Mark O’Connor

99 pages – 33:00 minutes in length


Americana Symphony “Variations on Appalachia Waltz”

For Large Symphony Orchestra


Composed and orchestrated by Mark O’Connor


1st Movement: Brass Fanfare: Wide Open Spaces

2nd Movement: New World Fanciful Dance

3rd Movement: Different Paths Towards Home

4th Movement: Open Plains Hoedown

5th Movement: Soaring Eagle, Setting Sun

6th Movement: Theme: Splendid Horizons

Note: Any movement or combination of the movements can be singled out or re-organized for performance. Most any order of movements is acceptable. Suggestions for consideration included I., II., III., and IV., all recommended as stand alone pieces. Most an order of movements is acceptable. The composition was designed for maximum flexibility. Three or four movements combine to make a shorter variation Symphony.


What is American Classical music? This CD contains Mark O'Connor's latest orchestral works: Americana Symphony "Variations on Appalachia Waltz"(2006) and Concerto No. 6 "Old Brass" (2003). Sony Classical//BMG label director Gilbert Hetherwick explains; "Dvorak and Copland painted symphonic landscapes using melodies inspired by the Americana tradition, and Mark O'Connor actually comes from that tradition itself. He's lived it every day of his life. And you hear it in every note of his Americana Symphony." For the majority of his solo career, O'Connor has dedicated himself to composing for orchestra: he has written six full-length concertos, several orchestral suites and string orchestra compositions, and most recently his first Symphony.

David Wallace, Juilliard School faculty member and Senior Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic, comments on the overall characteristics of O'Connor's music: "The Americana Symphony combines historical narrative with classical and folk variation principles. The Symphony contains instrumental virtuosity, rhythmic drive, poignant lyricism, and probing counterpoint. With the Americana Symphony, Mark O'Connor provides his answer to a question that has intrigued U. S. composers since the debut of Dvorak's New World Symphony in 1892: "How do you write the great American Symphony?"

William Intrilligator, artistic director of the Dubuque Symphony, conducted one of the first performances of the Americana Symphony: "Very few pieces of new music have the same emotional and visceral effect as this Symphony," he writes. "It has such power and beauty, and these traits are expressed in original ways that are pure O'Connor and truly American."

Marin Alsop, artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and this recording's conductor of the Americana Symphony, calls the Symphony simply "A hit!"


Original music printed from the composer’s manuscripts.

Music editing, copying and engraving by Mark O’Connor

using “Finale” on Apple Macintosh 2006 - 2007


Composed by Mark O’Connor

Commissioned by: Cabrillo Music Festival and Marin Alsop, Colorado Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Fargo Moorhead Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, Imperial Symphony, Reading Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Rockford Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Youngstown Youth Symphony.


Can be heard on “Americana Symphony!” OMAC Records

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop


Catalogue Number MO164Q-T

Copyright © 2006 by Mark O’Connor Music International


For more information on violinist and composer Mark O'Connor, O’Connor String Camps, Touring Ensembles, Discography, Bio, Repertoire and more, please visit


For information on the “O’Connor Method” – instructional book series for violin, viola, cello and school string orchestra programs:

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