Children of Fatima
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Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
String Bass (optional but strongly recommended)
Percussion I-VI, including:
- African Log Drum
- Agogo Bells
- Bass Drum
- Sleigh Bells
- Snare Drum
- Splash Cymbal
- Suspended Cymbal (medium and large)
- Temple Blocks
- Wind Chimes
None discovered thus far.
Children of Fatima is an original composition commissioned by John E. Tucker for wind band inspired by Biblical scriptures manifested through the life and charitable refugee ministry of French humanitarian Fatima Ben.
Born in the central city of Tours, France, Fatima moved to Paris where she attended college, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees. She continues to reside in Paris, actively serving refugees from numerous countries entering Europe. Fatima and her support team are uniquely positioned providing food, clothing, shelter, job training and other necessities. She extends her charitable ministry to refugees beyond the physical realm: a platform to provide love, hope and life. In addition to the daily needs of the refugees, Fatima also maintains a workspace where she and her team teach the immigrant newcomers French language skills and other necessities. She also provides special amenities such as hair and make-up make-overs to the wives, mothers and daughters, many of whom have never experienced extravagance. Men, women and children who know Fatima, especially in refugee settings, lovingly refer to her as “Mama.”
The main theme of Children of Fatima is inspired and constructed from the biblical text, afavorite of Fatima Ben, found in Psalm 126:5-6:
Those who sow in tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
Carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.
The world premiere of Children of Fatima was performed on October 7, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada, by the UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie, artistic director and conductor.
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- University of Nevada Las Vegas Wind Symphony (Thomas G. Leslie, conductor) - 7 October 2021 *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Children of Fatima (2021)
- Favor and Treasure (2013)
- How Deep the Father's Love for Us (as arranger) (1995/2014)
- Prayer for Asia (2011)
- Psalm 92 (2014)
- Salmo de la Rinascita (2014)
- Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Wind Band (as transcriber) (1972/2013)
- "Anthony LaBounty M.S." University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Web. Accessed 25 May 2018