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American Variations

Jerry Bilik, composer

American Variations, by Jerry Bilik, was commissioned by and dedicated to the Wayne State University Band, Harold Arnaldi, Conductor. In this work, the familiar Scottish folk tune Barbara Allen—one of the earliest popular songs in America—is woven into a series of stylistic settings representing the diverse cultural heritage of the American people. It depicts musically the essence of our country as a land where the recurring theme of human dignity transcends the endless variety of its individual citizens.

—published score


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