Variations on an Advent Hymn

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Fisher Tull

Fisher Tull

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Subtitle: Brass Choir

General Info

Year: 1962 / 1973
Duration: c. 8:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Avant Music, through Western International Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00


1. Theme and Variation I
2. Variation II
3. Variation III
4. Variation IB


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It stands as a sequel to the Liturgical Symphony in that the thematic material was drawn from early church music. The plainsong melody, Veni Emmanuel in the Dorian mode, serves as the theme upon which the four variations are based. After this melody is presented by the horns, Variation I reveals a cantus firmus treatment of thematic fragments punctuated by rhythmic episodes. This leads directly into a slow section featuring a trumpet solo in a melody derived from the inversion of the pitches of the theme set in a bi-tonal harmonic framework. Variation III features a virtuosic tuba solo in further development of the theme, in intricate rhythms and shifting meters. A passacaglia introduces the final variation in which the texture undergoes gradual complexity in preparation for the climactic statement of the theme by the horns.

- Program Note from liner notes for Crystal Records CD Philharmonic Brass

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Indiana: 090 - LARGE BRASS ENSEMBLES
  • Ohio: 575 - BRASS CHOIR A


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Hope College (Holland, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Gabe Southard, conductor) - 31 October 2020
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Wind Ensemble (Christian Zembower, conductor) - 19 November 2019
  • Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Tx.) Brass Choir (Fisher Tull, conductor) – 1962 *Premiere Performance*

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