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I Sit Alone in Martin's Church

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Thomas Duffy

Thomas Duffy

General Info

Year: 1998 / 2003
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig-Masters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Chains
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I Sit Alone in Martin’s Church seeks to synthesize the revolutionary spirit of two of the most well-known reformers in world history: Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr. Thomas C. Duffy does this by juxtaposing a hymn in the accessible vernacular languages that Luther popularized against grunts and blues harmonies inspired from African-American music of the 19th and 20th centuries born of the anti-Blackness that MLK is so well known for fighting.

- Program Note from Yale Concert Band concert program, 4 Aril 2020

Composer Tom Duffy is adventuresome and always rewards those who travel with him on his musical adventures. This latest publication explores, in broad terms, the social, political, and religious effects realized by the efforts, struggles, and legacies of two famous Martins, Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr. Using hints of chorales and chorale treatments, slave songs and (true to Duffy's penchant for introducing the human voice into his works) hollers, finger snaps, and chants evoking the struggles and human dignity of slaves (however enslaved, literally or figuratively), this is, ultimately, a celebration of dignity, pride, and rising above conditions of the moment. This is a beautiful and beautifully written new work for band.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned for the Connecticut Music Educator's Association, 1998.

- Program Note from score

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