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Fanfare on "Amazing Grace"

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Adolphus Hailstork

Adolphus Hailstork (trans. Donald Patterson)

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General Info

Year: 2003 /
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

On today’s date in 1875 [24 September] one of the greatest musical match-makers of all time died in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His name was William Walker, an American Baptist shape-note singing master, who published several collections of traditional shape note tunes. Now, “shape note” refers to a simple musical notation designed for communal singing, and in his 1835 collection entitled Southern Harmony, Walker married a shape-note tune known as New Britain to a hymn text titled Amazing Grace written by an Anglican clergyman and abolitionist named John Newton. Walker’s collection was a best-seller in the 19th century, and two centuries later, Amazing Grace has become one of the best-known and best-loved hymns of our time.

In 2011 a new orchestral fanfare based on “Amazing Grace” by the African-American composer Adolphus Hailstork was published and subsequently recorded by the Virginia Symphony -- appropriately enough, since Hailstork has served as professor of music and Composer-in-Residence at both Virginia's Norfolk State and Old Dominion Universities, and in 1992 was named a Cultural Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I

- Program Note from Composers Datebook

The fanfare was transcribed by Donald Patterson, chief arranger for the U.S. Marine Band.


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