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Amazing Grace (ar O'Loughlin)

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John Newton

John Newton (arr. O'Loughlin)

General Info

Year: 1779 / 2011
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00  |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This Grade 3 work is an absolutely beautiful setting of the traditional and popular hymn. While incredibly musical, Sean O’Loughlin’s Amazing Grace remains within the technical demands of younger musicians. The melody exudes a simple beauty that reminded the composer of the wonderment of the birth of his daughter.

The words for the hymn Amazing Grace were written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton, and published in 1779. Containing a message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, Amazing Grace is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world. Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction, and at a young age was pressed into the Royal Navy, later becoming involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In 1748, a violent storm battered his vessel so severely that he called out to God for mercy, a moment that marked his spiritual conversion. He continued slave trading for seven more years, when he ended his seafaring altogether and began studying Christian theology, becoming a minister of the Church of England. While serving in this capacity, he wrote Amazing Grace. Originally sung with many different tunes, in 1835 it was first paired with the tune New Britain from the shape note book Southern Harmony, to which is sung and played most frequently today.

-Program note by The Woodlands High School Wind Ensemble

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