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Chorale Prelude: Be Thou My Vision

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Jack Stamp

Jack Stamp


General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
English Horn
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
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
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The work is based on the hymn tune Slane, better known to many as Be Thou My Vision.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance


This beautiful setting of the familiar hymn tune begins with bell-like tones that ring upward through the instrumental sections and herald in the melody. The familiar hymn is then transformed through mixed meters to eventually conclude with a jubilant, grand statement of the wondrous melody.

- Program Note from publisher


Be Thou My Vision is a traditional hymn of Irish origin. In 1905, it was translated from Old Irish into English, and set to verse in 1912. Since 1919, it has been commonly sung to the Irish folk tune, Slane. This setting of the tune is dedicated to the composer’s Arkansas friends, Dr. Tom O’Neal and Pat Ellison, for their wonderful friendship and musicianship.

- Program Note from Moline High School Symphonic Band concert program, 17 November 2021


Media


State Ratings

  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: II
  • Maryland: I
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV


Performances

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  • Colorado Christian University (Lakewood) Symphonic Band (Mark S. Dorn, conductor) - 13 April 2022
  • Moline (Ill.) High School Symphonic Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) - 17 November 2021
  • Trine University (Angola, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Kays, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Central Arizona (Coolidge) Community Wind Ensemble (John Woode, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Concert Band (Christian Zembower, conductor) – 27 February 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 24 April 2017
  • McPherson (Kan.) College Concert Band (Kyle Hopkins, conductor) – 13 March 2017
  • Vienna (VA) Community Band (Cornelius Young-conductor) -12 March 2017
  • Richland College (Dallas, Texas) Wind Symphony (Derrick Logozzo, conductor) – 30 April 2013


Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Gambol (Flex instrumentation) (2020)


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Jack Stamp website
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 210-212.
  • Perusal score
  • Stamp, J. (1997). Chorale Prelude: Be Thou My Vision [score]. Neil A. Kjos Music: San Diego, Calif.