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Mountain Ayre and Wedding Dance

David R. Holsinger
TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
Grade Level
3.00 LBS

I’ve always been attracted to “mountain music,” especially the sad songs for their plaintive melodies and simple harmonies. And so, as I thought about this piece for a community near the Piedmont Mountains, my first thought turned to writing music that alluded to that stereotypical genre.

However, it was a group of pictures placed on a former student’s Facebook page that actually generated the biggest inspiration for this work.

The pictures were of an “old-fashioned” country wedding, where the guests all rode hay wagons to the horse barn where the ceremony occurred followed by an old-fashioned barn dance. All the participants were dressed in “Country Sunday-best” (suspenders and bowties for the gents) and frilly frocks for the bride's party. It actually looked like a scene out of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” - a rollicking musical from back in the 60’s that I remember. When I talked to Debbie about her niece’s wedding, I was caught up in the happiness of the occasion (even though I had no idea who any of these people were!) and consequently, when I sat down at the piano to write the music, it was certainly an easy task. In fact, this may well be the quickest writing I have done in years. Happiness does that, you know.

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