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Psalm 46

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John Zdechlik

John Zdechlik


General Info

Year: 1967 / 1971 / 1999
Duration: c. 9:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
F Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tenor Drum
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Psalm 46 is based upon the chorale melody from A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, the best known Martin Luther hymn which was composed sometime between 1527 and 1529. The hymn’s words paraphrase Psalm 46. Zdechlik’s setting is divided into four major sections with a wide variety of styles and meters that draw to a powerful heroic conclusion.

The work, originally published in 1971, is dedicated to Mr. Leon Titus and the Concordia College Band, St. Paul, Minnesota.

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Arkansas: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Iowa: IV
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP II
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: V-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Oregon: REQUIRED BAND LIST 4AX
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


Performances

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  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) - 27 October 2020
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Symphony (Olin Hannum, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Andrew Pease, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Culver-Stockton College (Canton, Mo.) Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band (Trent A. Hollinger, conductor) – 12 November 2017
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Andrew Pease, conductor) – 29 October 2017
  • Chaparral High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) Wind Ensemble – 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • John Zdechlik website Accessed 20 August 2017
  • Pasquale, John D. "Psalm 46." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 408-415. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Perusal score
  • Zdechlik, J. [1971]. Psalm 46 [score]. Schmitt, Hall & McCreary: Melville, N.Y.