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Overture on a Southern Hymn

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Robert Glenn Palmer

Robert Glenn Palmer

Subtitle: Wondrous Love

General Info

Year: 1979
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This interesting, imaginatively conceived work uses Wondrous Love as its basis. Opening with a slow introduction featuring the brass in sustained legato style with fragments of the tune, the mood shifts to fast and energetic, featuring the woodwinds, with brass supplying rhythmic underpinning. After several contrasting episodes using different aspects of the melody, the work comes to a triumphal conclusion using the last phrase of the tune.

- Program Note from Music for Concert Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Louisiana: II
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Minnesota: III
  • North Carolina: V
  • South Carolina: V
  • Virginia: V


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Robert Palmer." Accessed 27 January 2015.
  • Krienes, J.; Hansbrough, R. (2014). Music for Concert Band: A Selective Annotated Guide to Band Literature. Meredith Music Publications: Delray Beach, Fla.; pp. 54.
  • Palmer, R. (1979). Overture on a Southern Hymn: Wondrous Love [score]. Shawnee Press: Delaware Water Gap, Pa.