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Brett William Dietz

Brett William Dietz

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Subtitle: Theme and Variations on Give Me Jesus for Alto Saxophone and Symphonic Band

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
Solo Alto Saxophone
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Spiritual: Theme and Variations on "Give Me Jesus" was written for and dedicated to saxophonist, Griffin Campbell and was premiered by the LSU Wind Ensemble during the 2013 College Band Directors National Association Conference.

- Program Note from publisher

Give Me Jesus (also known as And I Heard the Mourner Say) is a traditional American Christian spiritual song. The song references Matthew 16:26 and other passages in the Book of Matthew regarding the Judgment Day.

Possibly the earliest known version of Give Me Jesus was published in the United States in 1845 by the Rev. Jacob Knapp, a Baptist minister from New York. By 1849 the Methodists published a version, and the song was popularized in the mid-nineteenth century through various camp meetings and hymnals. Give Me Jesus was popular among African American congregations, and Slave Songs of the United States (1867) mentions that former slaves in Port Royal, South Carolina, sang it, although the song may not have originated solely with slaves, as it was published previously by the Methodists.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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