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Anthem (Theme and Variations on the National Anthem of Poland)

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel (Orchestral Bells)
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Anthem was commissioned by the Bel Air Community Band (Maryland) and their director (and my good friend), C. Scott Sharnetzka, in memory of Raymond Dombrowski. Ray was for over thirty years the band director at Bel Air High School in Harford County, Maryland. From this post, he significantly impacted the educational and cultural spirit of rural Maryland through his inspirational teaching, his boundless love of music, and his kind and gentle spirit. Over the decades, Ray's life and work influenced many of his former students to bring their love of music to public school band rooms all over the state and beyond and, though Ray is passed, his teaching and spirit echo through the joyful performances of bands all over Maryland.

For his entire life, Ray was known as a patriotic American and a very proud Polish-American. Near the end of his life, while very ill, he traveled to New York City with an adult orchestra and chorus to take part in a joint concert at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. He was nearly unable to make the journey as he was in so much pain, but he insisted on being a part of this special performance, where he conducted the national anthems of the United States and of Poland. It was after watching a video of this performance that I was inspired to compose Anthem, a theme and short set of variations on the latter tune. My setting attempts to capture all of the love and pride Ray had for his heritage, for music and for life. It was premiered on May 2, 2010 by the Bel Air Community Band under my direction.

-Program Note by the Composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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