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HYMN BOOK FOR BAND evolved from my wish for more hymns I could include in the Port Townsend Summer Band concerts.  Fifty-five selections are arranged in the same keys and use the same harmonies used in most hymnals for use in church or community events.  They are scored both for full band and for small ensembles to accompany singing.  Clarinet, saxophone and brass choirs support the four voice parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) in the hymns.  Within the brass ensemble there is for each hymn a cornet/trumpet trio.   In addition, many arrangements include a variation of some type and/or a descant.  The instrumentation is: Piccolo & Flute; Oboe 1&2; 1st Clarinet; 2nd Clarinet; 3rd Clarinet; Bass Clarinet; Alto Sax 1&2; Tenor Sax & Baritone Treble Clef; Baritone Sax; Bassoon 1 & Baritone Bass Clef; F Horn 1&2; 1st Cornet; 2nd Cornet; 3rd Cornet; Trombone 1&2, Bass Trombone, Basses & Bassoon 2; Orchestra Bells with small percussion on 2 selections.  The arrangements are designed to allow for as much flexibility as possible for available instrumentalists.

 

A ROYAL YULETIDE partners “Good King Wenceslas” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High” in a delightful way and will be a happy addition to any orchestral holiday program.  I arranged this especially for the Port Townsend Community Orchestra’s Holiday Concert on December 13, 2008, when it received its premier.

 

The music to the hymn known as "Now thank We All Our God" by Johann Crüger (1598-1662) can be played as a hymn by itself in the first section.  In this section the Clarinet, Saxophone and Brass choirs support the four vocal parts (SATB) and the Cornets offer a trio within the Brass choir.  Additionally, all of the woodwinds or just the brass can present the complete harmony.  These choices give the conductor some flexibility in the presentation of this hymn.  At Letter A the Clarinet Family plays the melody in regular time while the Baritones, French Horns and 1st & 2nd Trombones play the first half of the melody in an augmented statement of the first half of the melody.  At Letter B the Piccolo, Flutes and 1st Clarinets play the melody; the Oboes, Alto Saxes and 1st & 2nd Cornets introduce the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts, while the Baritones, F Horns and Trombones continue the augmented melody of the hymn.  At Letter C the whole ensemble performs the hymn again, with the Flutes, Piccolos and 1st Clarinets floating a descant above the finale and the Cornets and F Horns including a brief voluntary.  This piece offers a variety of contrasts for the listener and performer as well.  Performance time is approximately 4’54”.

The music to the hymn tune known as "St. Anne" by William Croft (1678-1727) can be played as a hymn by itself in the first section.  In this section the Clarinet, Saxophone and Brass choirs support the four vocal parts (SATB) and the Cornets offer a trio within the Brass choir.  Additionally, all of the woodwinds or just the brass can present the complete harmony.  These choices give the conductor some flexibility in the presentation of this hymn.  At Letter A the Cornets play either the melody in 3 parts or as a unison statement accompanied by the Bells playing the melody or an optional descant.  At Letter B the woodwinds present a legato statement in harmony.  At Letter C the Baritones and Tuba play an 8th-note obbligato to the melody played by the 1st and 2nd Cornets and Horns, with the 3rd Cornets and Trombones supporting with harmony.  At Letter D the band comes together with a modulation into D-flat Major and a maestoso finale.  This piece offers a variety of contrasts for the listener and performer as well.  Performance time is approximately 2”30”.

 

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