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Variations on

Variations on "America"

Ives, Charles

Arr. Williams, Marc


  • Ensemble: Low Brass Ensemble
  • Genre: Modern Classical
  • Grade: 5
  • Duration: 6.0 minutes
  • Catalog Number: AOS1149

Composed in 1891 when Ives was seventeen, it is an arrangement of a traditional tune, known as "America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)" (words by Samuel Francis Smith), and was at the time the de facto anthem of the United States.  Ives prepared it for a Fourth of July celebration in 1892 at the Methodist church where he was organist in Brewster, New York. He performed it for the first time on February 17, 1892, and made revisions to the work until 1894. Although the piece is considered challenging even by modern concert organists, he spoke of it as being "almost as much fun as playing baseball".


  • 6 Trombones
  • 2 Bass Trombones
  • 2 Euphoniums
  • 2 Tuba

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