Fanfare Prelude on "God of Our Fathers"

From Wind Repertory Project
James Curnow

James Curnow

Subtitle: The National Hymn

General Info

Year: 1876 / 1983
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jenson
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Mallet Percussion
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commission in honor of the Centennial of Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, for the University Band, Dr. John W. Taylor, conductor.

- Program Note from score

God of Our Fathers is a 19th-century American Christian hymn, written in 1876 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence. The hymn was written by Daniel C. Roberts, a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church serving, at the time, as rector of St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal churches in Brandon, Vermont. Roberts had served in the American Civil War in the 84th Ohio Infantry.

In 1892, Roberts sent the hymn anonymously to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church to be considered by a group tasked with revising the Episcopal hymnal. If the group accepted his hymn, Roberts said he would send them his name. The commission approved it. The hymnal editor and organist George W. Warren were to choose a hymn for the celebration of the Centennial of the United States Constitution. They chose Roberts' lyrics, which were originally sung to a tune called Russian Hymn. Warren wrote a new tune called National Hymn.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Curnow, J. [1983]. Fanfare prelude on "God Of Our Fathers" : The National Hymn [score]. Jenson Publications: [New Berlin, Wisc.]
  • God of Our Fathers, Wikipedia Accessed 11 October 2016