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Paraphrase on Nearer My God to Thee

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Carl Nielsen

Carl Nielsen (trans. Gorder)

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General Info

Year: 1912
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J.W. Pepper

Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III=IV
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

According to Danish scholars Meyer and Peterson, Ncermere Gud til dig was written in commemoration of the April 15, 1912, tragedy of the Titanic. The ship’s orchestra was reported to have played Nearer, My God, to Thee while the Titanic was sinking—the shattering crashes in the middle of the piece apparently depict the collision of the icebergs. Nielsen was to have conducted the premiere on May 21, 1912, but the sudden death of King Frederik VII of Denmark caused the cancellation of the commemorative concert. Nielsen eventually conducted the premiere on August 22, 1915. While none of the original parts exist, this version — based on the specific instrumentation listed in Nielsen’s notes—has been reconstructed off of the composer’s sketches by Wayne D. Gorder.

-Program Note by Brigham Young University-Idaho Symphony Band

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • 207 Wind Orchestra (Timothy Burns, conductor) - July 1, 2015
  • Brigham Young University, Idaho, Symphony Band (Diane Soelberg, conductor) - CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Convention (Reno, Nev.) 13 March 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.