The Stubborn Oak
three movements of medium to hard difficulty based on a Shaker song.
Published by Tuscany Publications. Download of this edition is not available.
“This is a very nice and evocative piece which certainly awakens our imagination.”
–Uros Dojcinovic, Soundboard, Winter 2003
Written: fall, 1998
Duration: 11 minutes; 8 pages
Instrumentation: classical guitar
Difficulty level: very difficult stretches and contrapuntal writing
Recording: Frank Wallace: his own new works by Frank Wallace on Gyre, 2000
I first became acquainted with Shaker music through the Quadrivium, a chorus in Boston led by charismatic teacher Marleen Montgomery. Shakers often danced to their simple tunes.
“I will not be like the stubborn oak, but I will be like the willow tree, I’ll bow and bend unto God’s will, and I will seek his mercy still.” The original Shaker tune is presented both as a simple melody and as a three part chorale in the second movement. Prelude, Adagio and Chorale, Fugue.
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