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"Down South Camp Meeting"
Written By: Irving Mills and Flectcher Henderson
Edited By: Douglas Rust
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp.
Grade 5 Bright Swing (Quarter Note) q = 192 $60.00
This Fletcher Henderson original was written for his own band and recorded by them before Benny Goodman’s band began playing it in 1935. “Down South Camp Meeting” was performed and recorded many times throughout the Goodman band’s long career. The swing clarinet chorus at the end shows the influence of Don Redman on Fletcher Henderson’s arranging style and distinguishes this piece from many of it contemporaries. Since there exists no autograph score for “Down South Camp Meeting" this score is based primarily upon two manuscript sources and a recording.
In section B1 accents and slurs are produced here to show a legato emphasis upon that note in each phrase. In Fletcher Henderson’s recording of this piece, these accented notes sound like distinct and separate notes.
The first trumpet part contains two versions on one part! An original part and another penciled-in version is used here, since it matches the recording more closely. The other brass parts are reharmonized to match it.
Articulations have been added to the last two bars. These do not match any of the source documents and they are intended to ensure that performers will approximate the sound of the recording. Staccato markings have been added to bars 2,4,13,14,15,17,18 and 19 for the same reason.
Lastly the piano part was arranged by the editor.
Great time and effort has been given to this period piece so that all that play it have an authentic and very gratifying musical experience. If swing music is part of your library then this chart is for you. Be aware though that this arrangement is part of the “Professional Edition Series” from Hal Leonard and that the challenge to play this music from this period is a very big order. If your ensemble fits this benchmark then this one is for you.
Top note for trumpet is written high C above the staff