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Fortress Variations

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Tim Waters

Tim Waters

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


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
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Concert Toms (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Mark Tree
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fortress Variations was inspired by a concert. I had the great pleasure of hearing Timothy Mahr and the St. Olaf Band play at a Tulsa church during a recent tour. I was impressed by the great Lutheran tradition of sacred music as I took in the wonderful sounds of that evening. Later, I was thrilled to be able to premiere this piece on the same stage of the same church.

Throughout this piece, strains and themes can be heard of the original hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. The opening fanfare offers an optimistic statement of hope and strength. Later, the turbulent middle section of this work depicts a mighty structure, standing strong in the heat of battle. And finally, the last section brings the sounds of triumph, heroism and victory.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Georgia: V
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV


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