Southern Hymn

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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
Tuba/String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The original themes used in this beautiful setting are intended to be played in the style of a slow Southern folk hymn, similar to Amazing Grace or Shenandoah. Using suspensions and resolutions as well as calm moments and powerfully emotional builds, this is a marvelous work with stylistic and dynamic range.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned in memory of Neil Rasmussen by the Providence High School Band Boosters, Charlotte, N.C., Ronald D. Payne, conductor; Michael Hough, associate conductor.

- Program Note from score

Showcasing an original theme inspired by historic folk tunes like Shenandoah and Amazing Grace, Southern Hymn begins with a solo trumpet anchored by a low drone and rich harmonies. Repetitions of the theme explore new ensemble colors through instrumental pairings and metallic percussion. Samuel Hazo has composed dozens of works for winds and is known for idiomatic writing and effective orchestration, especially for educational ensembles.

- Program Note from University of Georgia Hodgson Symphonic Band concert program, 28 September 2022


State Ratings

  • Kansas: VI
  • Michigan: Junior High A
  • Tennessee: III
  • Wisconsin: Event 3000 Concert Band Class B


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  • Hazo, S. (2009). Southern Hymn [score]. Musicworks: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Samuel Hazo website Accessed 26 August 2016