A popular secular musician, Walter Kittredge wrote over 500 songs and ballads, many dealing with the American Civil War, including this gem from the era. With its “end the war” sentiment, it was popular on both sides of the conflict.
The first publisher rejected Kettredge’s song, but Kettredge got the last laugh when the published song sold over 10,000 copies in its first three months.
This arrangement is on the easy side of intermediate, and is a great piece for any history-themed recitals or showcases.
Full lyrics and historical information is available in the Special Notes section.
Key: C major
Mood: moderate, tinged with sadness
Pedagogy: Dotted eighth-sixteenth rhythms, syncopation