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Fantasia on Brother James' Air

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James Syler

James Syler

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: James Syler
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo (optional)
Flute I-II
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drums (marching (optional 2) and concert)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In light of what we’ve all been through with COVID, I felt a desire to write something for grade 3/4 band that would be playable by most and with a celebratory nature. This grand Scottish hymn tune came to mind.

The tune has proven to be ripe for variations and transformation. It’s in four sections starting with the original tune presented in a 3/4 chorale by the woodwinds and followed by brass. Then as a march in 4/4 harmonized with polychords. The third section is a waltz version of the tune and the conclusion, considering it’s a Scottish tune, is a rousing 6/8 treatment in the style of a Scottish pipe & drum band complete with authentic drum patterns.

- Program Note adapted from composer


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, Tx.) (Brett A. Richardson, conductor) - 22 April 2023
  • Florida International University (Miami) Wind Ensemble (Brenton F. Alston, conductor) - 11 February 2023

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