Angel Camp

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Charles Cushing

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General Info

Year: 1952 / 1990
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Subito Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $175.00   |   Score Only (print) - $11.95


The instrumentation of this work includes harp as well as an optional SATB choral part for presentation of the hymn. The hymn setting can also be sung by the ensemble, as it does not continue into the instrumental variations.

(Full instrumentation desired).


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Angel Camp has the form of a series of variations on the melody as it is found in the American Pilgrims' hymn book (psalter). An introductory section leads to a harmonized setting of this melody which, itself, may be considered a variation and which is followed by seven other variations, in different moods, rhythms and keys, before the trumpets and trombones state the unaccompanied tune. This is succeeded by a final hymn-like setting marked "with majesty and fervor, rather like a procession." Aiming to use an idiom deemed appropriate to the simple, sturdy character of the theme itself, the music is harmonically transparent -- occasionally modal, often wholly diatonic. The title comes from the hymn-text, verse two: "Jehovah's Angel camp dooth lay 'Bout them that fear him; and frees them."

Angel Camp was commissioned for the sesquicentennial of the United States Military Academy Band, in West Point, NY, and is dedicated to the band and their conductor, Col. Fancis Resta.

- Program Note by World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)



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