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His Eye is on the Sparrow (Band Gr. 3)

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 3 | Duration: 5:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2019

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    This free style setting of the hymn tune His Eye is on the Sparrow focuses on the varied tonal colors and instrumental textures of the wind band. Solos for trumpet and alto saxophone highlight the verse statements and lead into the full band refrains. While the technical demands are for younger ensembles, the expressive quality of the music makes it appropriate for bands at all levels.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 3 | Duration: 5:00

    Instrumentation
    Flute 1/2
    Oboe (opt.)
    Bassoon 1/2 (opt.)
    Clarinet 1
    Clarinet 2/3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1/2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Trumpet 1
    Trumpet 2/3
    F Horn 1/2
    F Horn 3/4
    Trombone 1/2
    Trombone 3
    Euphonium
    TC Baritone
    Tuba

    Timpani (3 drums)
    Percussion 1 (Bells)
    Percussion 2 (Suspended Cymbal, Mark Tree)

    Program Notes

    The beautiful hymn tune His Eye is on the Sparrow was written in 1905 by composer Charles H. Gabriel. Gabriel was a prolific writer of gospel song and music for hymnals. Under his name and several pseudonyms he has written over 7,000 songs. His Eye is on the Sparrow is one of his better known melodies. Singer Mahalia Jackson’s recording was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2010.

    This free setting for band adds original music and develops motives from the hymn tune throughout while exploring many different tonal colors and textures within the ensemble. Solos for trumpet and alto saxophone highlight the verse statements and lead into the full band refrains. While the technical demands are for younger ensembles, the expressive quality of the music makes it appropriate for bands at all levels.

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