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Walls of Zion

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Greg Danner

Greg Danner


General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $76.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The American spiritual tradition has provided the world with many beautiful melodies. Walls of Zion is a free setting of the revival spiritual Zion's Walls. A favorite at camp meetings and revivals during the late 1800s, the melody suggests a noble simplicity coupled with energy and vitality. This setting for band develops the melodic material throughout, with particular emphasis on varied tone colors and instrumental textures.

Walls of Zion is dedicated to the composer's daughter, Katie, whose love of this melody suggested the composition.

- Program Note by composer


The noble simplicity of the revival spiritual Zion's Walls forms the basis for this free symphonic setting. It's beautifully orchestrated, with warm brass chorale moments entwined with spinning woodwind passages. Gorgeous tonal colors and textures abound in this sensitive composition.

- Program Note by publisher


Awards

  • CBDNA composition contest winner, 1999


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


Performances

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  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Dylan Koester, conductor) – 25 February 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 30 May 2018
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Concert Band (Sarah Wilson, conductor) – 2 May 2018
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (Garrett Griffin, conductor) - 19 April 2018
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 1 March 2017
  • Exeter (Calif.) Union High School Symphonic Band (Kirk Clague, conductor) - 13 March 2016 (2016 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Mississippi State University Symphonic Band (Clifton Taylor, conductor.)23 February 2014.


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Danner, G. (2000). Walls of Zion: For Concert Band [score]. Daehn: New Glaurus, Wisc.
  • Greg Danner website
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 402-412.