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Amazing Grace

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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli


General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
F Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

  • B-flat Trumpet 3. Rehearsal no. 37 should read 39.


Program Notes

I wanted my setting of Amazing Grace to reflect the powerful simplicity of the words and melody -- to be sincere, to be direct, to be honest -- and not through the use of novel harmonies and clever tricks, but by traveling traditional paths in search of truth and authenticity.

I believe that music has the power to take us to a place that words alone cannot. And so my own feelings about Amazing Grace reside in this setting itself. The harmony, texture, orchestration, and form are inseparable, intertwined so as to be perceived as a single expressive entity.

The spiritual, Amazing Grace, was written by John Newton (1725-1807), a slave ship captain who, after years of transporting slaves across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World, suddenly saw through divine grace the evilness of his acts. First published in 1835 by William Walker in The Southern Harmony, Amazing Grace has since grown to become one of the most beloved of all American spirituals.

Amazing Grace was commissioned by John Whitwell in loving memory of his father, John Harvey Whitwell. It was first performed on February 10, 1994, by the Michigan State University Wind Symphony, John Whitwell conductor.

- Program Note by Frank Ticheli


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP II
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High C
  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: V-A
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


Performances

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  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) Wind Ensemble (Danny Santos, conductor) – 8 October 2020
  • East Texas Baptist University (Marshall, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Nathan G. Phillips, conductor) - 2 October 2020
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Showcase Honor Band (Robert Meunier, conductor) – 22 February 2020
  • Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) Honor Wind Symphony (Christopher Morehouse, conductor)– 4 December 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Campus Band (Brent Echols, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Taber Community Wind Ensemble (Portland, Ore.) (Gene Burton, conductor) – 16 November 2019
  • University of Southern Main (Gorham) Concert Band (Jackie Townsend, conductor) – 13 November 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Frank Ticheli, conductor) – 8 November 2019
  • Oak Ridge (Tenn.) Community Band (Shaun Salem, conductor) – 3 November 2019
  • St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Mireles, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • State University of New York Potsdam Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • Oak Ridge (Tenn.) Community Band (Shaun Salem, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith, conductor) – 1 June 2019
  • Hopatcong (N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Kurt Zimmerman, conductor) – 16 May 2019
  • Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (James Colonna, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Washburn University (Topeka, Kan.) Band (J. Thomas Seddon IV, conductor) – 15 April 2019
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Jay Rees, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) – 7 April 2019
  • Kiel (Wisc.) Municipal Band (Jon Meyer, conductor) – 7 April 2019
  • Oak Ridge (Tenn.) Wind Ensemble/Community Band (Shaun Salem, conductor)– 7 April 2019
  • Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Carissa Petzold, conductor) – 1 April 2019
  • Fostoria (Ohio) Community Band (Craig McKenzie, conductor) – 17 March 2019
  • Reedley (Calif.) High School Symphonic Band (Daniel Paulsen, conductor) - 15 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Amazing Grace, Wikipedia Accessed 2 August 2018
  • Frank Ticheli website Accessed 6 July 2020
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 416-423.
  • Ticheli, F.; Newton, J. (1994). Amazing Grace: For Concert Band [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.