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Amazing Grace

From Wind Repertory Project
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


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

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


  • 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
  • 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


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • 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.)
  • Hanford (Calif.) High School Concert Band (Janet Levine, conductor) -15 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Willamette Valley Concert Band (Albany, Ore.) (Richard Sorenson, conductor)– 16 March 2019
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass). (Louis J. Buckley, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • University of Chicago (Ill.) U-High Concert Band (Francisco Dean, conductor) – 24 February 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Joseph Carver, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith, conductor) – 9 December 2018
  • Florida International University (Miami) Symphonic Band (Barry Bernhardt, conductor) – 15 November 2018
  • Ohlone Community Band (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements,conductor) – 17 October 2018
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 3 October 2018
  • Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (David Robinson, conductor) – 2 October 2018
  • Scotia Band (Eureka, Calif.) (Kenneth Ayoob, conductor) - 26 August 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Amazing Grace, Wikipedia Accessed 2 August 2018
  • Frank Ticheli's site at Manhattan Beach Music.
  • 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.