From Wind Repertory Project
Pierre La Plante

Pierre La Plante

Subtitle: Hymn for Band

General Info

Year: 1983
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bourne Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $59.50   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Tubular Bells (or Chimes)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Prospect is a setting of the folk song of the same name, also known as The Seaman's Hymn. It is simple, yet expressive; it builds slowly and steadily to a broad quasi-fanfare finish.

The melody comes from The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, published in 1835. This was one of the more popular "shaped note" tunebooks in 19th century America. Each of the four pitches had its own particular notehead shape, making the music easier to read. The Southern Harmony is also the source of the hymn tunes Amazing Grace and Rock of Ages.

- Program note by Robert Strong and David Fullmer


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC
  • Arkansas: I
  • Iowa: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: D; Junior high Class B
  • North Carolina: III
  • South Carolina: III
  • Texas: III. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Ocean Springs (Miss.) High School Symphonic Winds (John Taylor, conductor) - 7 March 2023
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Symphonic Band (Douglas Stotter, conductor) - 20 November 2022

Poth (Tx.) High School Wind Ensemble (Chase Failing, conductor) - 21 April 2022

  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Michael Scott Butler, conductor) - 1 November 2021
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.) Concert Band (David Blon, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Nicholas Waldron, conductor) – 25 March 2019
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Concert Band (Brandt Payne, conductor) – 19 October 2017
  • Berea (Ky.) College Wind Ensemble (Bettany Ruth, conductor) – 11 April 2017
  • California State University Fresno Symphonic Band (Diego Zarate, conductor) - 4 October 2012
  • Aberdeen High School Concert Band (Kaitlyn Wittman, conductor) - 12 May 2009
  • Ocean Springs High School Symphonic Winds (John Taylor, conductor) - 7th March 2023

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • La Plante, P. (1983). Prospect: Hymn for Band [score]. Bourne: New York.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 217-224.