Custom Chamber Music

Ward America the Beautiful



"America the Beautiful" is one of the most popular American patriotic songs. There have been several unsuccessful campaigns to make it the official national anthem, replacing "The Star Spangled Banner". As with many songs, the words and music were written by two different people at two different times. The tune was written as an organ church hymn by Samuel Ward in 1882, and the lyrics are from an 1895 poem by Katharine Lee Bates.

This composition can be played by 4 different combinations of instruments.

A few notes on the parts and instruments:
With this free arrangement, you will be able to download all the PDF files immediately. You will have access to every part for each available instrument, in the proper key and clef. You will also get a complete score (in most cases, we include four separate scores with all parts transposed to C, Bb, Eb, and F).

We have 3 versions of this composition. Click on the version name to jump to the different versions.


Version v01

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This version is a duet for violin and cello. It is rather challenging, and the cello is sometimes playing higher than the violin.

Live recording available

Composition: Ward America the Beautiful
Version: v01
Instrumentation: Duet
The original key has been changed to better fit the instruments.
Duration: 1 minutes
Difficulty: Challenging
Price: FREE


Ward America the Beautiful, Version v01
Part Range Available Instruments
Score Full Score in C, Bb, Eb, and F
Part 1 (std) A3 - E6 Violin
Part 2 (std) G2 - F#5 Cello


Version v02

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This version is for cello or viola solo.

Live recording available

Composition: Ward America the Beautiful
Version: v02
Instrumentation: Solo
The original key has been changed to better fit the instruments.
Duration: 1 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Price: FREE


Ward America the Beautiful, Version v02
Part Range Available Instruments
Score Full Score in C, Bb, Eb, and F
Part 1 (std) G2 - F#4 Cello
Part 1a (8va) G3 - F#5 Viola


Version v03

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This is identical to version v02 but has been transposed to a different key for solo violin.

Composition: Ward America the Beautiful
Version: v03
Instrumentation: Solo
The original key has been changed to better fit the instruments.
Duration: 1 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Price: FREE


Ward America the Beautiful, Version v03
Part Range Available Instruments
Score Full Score in C, Bb, Eb, and F
Part 1 (std) D4 - C#6 Violin