With Soul Serene

From Wind Repertory Project
James M. David

James M David

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert Jones Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – $70.00 | Score Only (print) – $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbal
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam (small)
  • Triangle (3: small, medium, and large)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

With Soul Serene is my third work written specifically for younger musicians and was inspired by a poem composed by an American Civil War soldier in 1864. John Worrell Northrop fought for the Union and was captured and sent to Andersonville Prison, about one hundred miles from my hometown. Andersonville was a notoriously cruel and miserable place, but Northrop’s poem reflects a man who remained optimistic in the face of adversity:

I’ve struggled hard for victory,
In pride, although in pain,
With soul serene and spirit free,
And so I must again.

My piece attempts to capture the indomitable spirit of Northrop’s words, while reflecting on the harsh and conflicted past of the Southern United States. Howard Hanson’s Chorale and Alleluia served as a guide for the form of this piece, and the “alleluia” motive is quoted liberally in the second half of my work. Ultimately, I hope my composition leaves listeners with a sense of optimism for the future, despite the many tensions that pester our present day.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by a consortium of Georgia high school bands and premiered at the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Band, Dr. Rebecca Phillips, conductor.

- Program Note from score


  • National Bandmasters Association/Merrill Jones Memorial Composition Contest, 2018, winner


State Ratings

  • Iowa: IV
  • Texas: IV


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