Traditional :: When Johnny Comes Marching Home

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  • Composer
    Traditional
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [WQ255]
  • Editor
    Holcombe Jr, Bill (arR)
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
  • Includes CD
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Patriotic
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When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Traditional

Musicians Publications presents When Johnny Comes Marching Home arranged for woodwind quintet by Bill Holcombe Jr.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home (sometimes When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again ) is a popular song of the American Civil War that expressed people's longing for the return of their friends and relatives who were fighting in the war.

The lyrics to When Johnny Comes Marching Home were written by the Irish-American bandleader Patrick Gilmore during the American Civil War. Its first sheet music publication was deposited in the Library of Congress on September 26, 1863, with words and music credited to Louis Lambert ; copyright was retained by the publisher, Henry Tolman & Co., of Boston. Why Gilmore chose to publish under a pseudonym is not clear, but popular composers of the period often employed pseudonyms to add a touch of romantic mystery to their compositions. Gilmore is said to have written the song for his sister Annie as she prayed for the safe return of her fiance, Union Light Artillery Captain John O'Rourke, from the Civil War, although it is not clear if the engagement already existed in 1863, as the two were not married until 1875.

This arrangement for woodwind quint is intermediate in difficulty.

  • Composer
    Traditional
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [WQ255]
  • Editor
    Holcombe Jr, Bill (arR)
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
  • Includes CD
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Patriotic
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