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Program Notes

Colonial Airs and Dances


Robert Jager, composer

Colonial Airs and Dances was commissioned by the Georgia Music Educators Association in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of their first In-Service Conference. The work was premiered on January 24, 1987, performed by the Georgia Intercollegiate Band. The five movements of this suite are based on songs from the American Colonies written in the seventeenth century. The melodies have a decided English flavor. These settings feature the inherent musical character of each tune rather than the text of the songs for their musical basis. The diverse instrumental color within each movement significantly enhances the contemporary sound of these melodies.

—published score


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