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Amazing Grace (arr Edmondson)

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John Edmondson

Arranged by John Edmondson

General Info

Year: 1835 / 1971
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The immortal folk hymn has never been more sensitively treated than in John Edmondson's highly respected arrangement. Since its original publication in 1971, it has earned an honored place in the literature for young concert band.

- Program Note from publisher

Amazing Grace is a song that transcends all boundaries. Used to inspire, celebrate, mourn, anguish, enlighten or heal, it's been a focus at one time or another in all of our lives. Its solemn phrases speak to all of us in different ways with memories of different times.

- Program Note from Flower Mound High School Wind Symphony concert program, 18 December 2015

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, it has since grown to become one of the most beloved of all American spirituals. Beautifully crafted, and eloquently scored, Himes’ reflective yet powerful arrangement builds to a glorious climax perfectly blending the traditional melody with sumptuous new harmonies.

- Program Note from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band concert program, 29 November 2016


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Arkansas: I
  • California: SCSBOA Band Music List Grade 0.5
  • Louisiana: I
  • Mississippi: I-A
  • New York: Concert Band I
  • North Carolina: II
  • South Carolina: II
  • Tennessee: III
  • Texas: I. Complete
  • Virginia: II
  • West Virginia: I


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