This rousing and patriotic song was written in 1867, the year of Canada’s Confederation. It became very popular and, for many years, was the unofficial national anthem of Canada. The story goes Alexander Muir was inspired to write this song by a large maple tree which stood on the street
outside of his house. The lyrics, however quite dated for today’s time, make references to several famous people and moments in Canadian history including James Wolfe and the battles of Queenston Heights and Lundy’s Lane.
If performing groups do not find these lyrics to their liking, they are encouraged to create their own that better suit their own community, school or event. This arrangement can be played with or without choir. If there is no choir, another option is to have the quintet sing during the acappella verse at measure 60 which would make an interesting moment for the audience to hear. A score and parts for 2 Bb trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba.
Sample pages of the score can be viewed above.