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Abide with Me (arr. R. Smith)

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William Henry Monk

William Henry Monk (arr. Robert W. Smith)

Subtitle: Fast Falls the Eventide.

General Info

Year: 1861 / 2012
Duration: c. 2:05
Difficulty: 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $46.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Piano/Keyboard (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Abide with Me is a Christian hymn by Scottish Anglican Henry Francis Lyte most often sung to English composer William Henry Monk's tune entitled Eventide.

The hymn is a prayer for God to remain present with the speaker throughout life, through trials, and through death. The opening line alludes to Luke 24:29, "Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent", and the penultimate verse draws on text from 1 Corinthians 15:55, "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?":

- Program Note from Wikipedia

In memory of C.L. "Chuck" Barnhouse III, a lifelong advocate, patron and publisher of music for musicians throughout the world.

- Program Note from score

Simple, elegant and timeless, Abide With Me was written by Henry Francis Lyte in 1847. The hymn was set to music by William H. Monk and debuted at Mr. Lyte’s memorial service. Robert W. Smith’s setting is written for the very beginning band using only the first six notes introduced in most band methods. Each instrumental family has the opportunity to perform melodically while the setting allows students to experience lyrical phrasing in the early stages of their development.

- Program Note from publisher


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