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Almighty Fortress, An

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Martin Luther

Martin Luther (arr. David Shaffer)

Subtitle: Symphonic Prelude

General Info

Year: 1529 / 1987
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mallet Percussion
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This setting is based on the Martin Luther hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Clinton Massie High School Band, Clarksville, Ohio, James E. Howard, Director.

- Program Note from score

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (German: "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott") is one of the best-known hymns by the reformer Martin Luther, a prolific hymnodist. Luther wrote the words and composed the melody sometime between 1527 and 1529. It has been translated into English at least seventy times and also into many other languages. The words are a paraphrase of Psalm 46.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • Arkansas: II
  • Iowa: III
  • South Carolina: III
  • West Virginia: III


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