“Philip Rothman’s elaborate arrangement of ‘America the Beautiful,’ became, at Mr. Robertson’s urging, a singalong.
The delighted audience at Carnegie Hall was happy to oblige.”

— Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

America the Beautiful
for orchestra or concert band

America the Beautiful, beloved as a favorite patriotic hymn of many Americans, in some cases doubles as the U.S.’s unofficial second national anthem. The timeless words of Katharine Lee Bates set to Samuel A. Ward’s melody evoke the good and peaceful characteristics of our country.

This version, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America as an encore for their 2014 tour, was performed at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Chicago's Millennium Park, Los Angeles's Disney Hall, and elsewhere across the nation.

It can be performed with or without chorus and/or audience participation. Duration is 3 minutes 45 seconds.

Rent the orchestra music
Instrumentation: timp 3perc hp pno strings

To rent America the Beautiful for orchestra performance, simply send a message to this address to receive a rental quote:

webform [ at ] philiprothman.com

Include the following information in your request:

  • Name
  • Your orchestra
  • Billing address
  • Shipping address
  • Your phone number
  • String count needed
  • Name of conductor
  • Number of performances
  • Performance date(s)
  • Date the materials are needed
Buy the concert band music

To buy a set of score and parts for the concert band version of America the Beautiful, go to our store.

View a perusal score and listen


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