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Blessing

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 4 | Duration: 5:45
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2017

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Adapted from the second movement of Gillingham's "Concerto for Horn," Blessing begins with a hymn tune stated by the horns and is subsequently developed through the movement with various textures and timbres. The work ends aptly like the quiet close of a prayerful blessing.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 4 | Duration: 5:45

    Instrumentation
    Piccolo
    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe
    Bassoon
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    B-flat Clarinet 3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    B-flat Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1
    F Horn 2
    F Horn 3
    F Horn 4
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Bass Trombone
    Euphonium
    T.C. Baritone
    Tuba
    Piano

    Timpani (3 drums)
    Percussion 1 (bells)
    Percussion 2 (vibraphone, 4-octave marimba, crash cymbals)
    Percussion 3 (suspended cymbal)

    Program Notes
    Blessing was conceived as a stand-alone work originally set as the second movement of Gillingham's Concerto for Horn and Symphonic Band. This work was commissioned by the Gower Community Band of St. John’s, NL, Canada, and Edsel Bonnell, Director. The second movement is based on a lovely original hymn, words and music written by Edsel Bonnell, titled, A Prayer from Youth, with the following words:

    We ask not for gold or fame
    When we pray in Thy Great Name;
    Not for self or worldly gain
    Lord, we come to Thee.
    The earth, the sky, the flower, the tree,
    All creatures of the land and sea,
    Let us live at peace in Thee;
    Lord, this is our prayer.

    Blessing begins with the hymn tune stated by the horns and is subsequently developed through the movement with various textures and timbres. The work ends aptly like the quiet close of a prayerful blessing.

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