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And the Mountains Echoed: Gloria!

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Robert Longfield

Robert Longfield

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 4:38
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $68.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bell Tree
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Baritone T.C., m.26, 3rd beat: F natural should be F#; Bar 48, 4th beat: C natural should be C#; bar 50, 4th beat, F natural should be F#; Bar 112, 3rd beat: F natural should be F#.

Program Notes

When Robert Longfield wrote And The Mountains Echoed: Gloria!, he wanted to write an original composition that quoted a familiar carol as the second theme of the composition and therefore was both new and traditional at the same time. Angels We Have Heard On High is one of Longfield’s favorite carols and so it was chosen as the second theme in the piece. The title comes from the line in the carol which states “. ..and the mountains in reply, echoing their glorious strain.”

The form of the piece is ABAB Coda. In the opening section, the trumpets and trombones perform a majestic and heroic fanfare-like theme, which the composer hoped would be recognized as “Gloria”. The horns, saxophones, and euphoniums echo the trumpets and trombones at the beginning. Motifs from the A section appear in the B section when the carol is quoted. In the second A section, the opening theme is treated as a fugue, in which the lead trumpets introduce the subject, which is then reiterated by other instruments throughout the fugue in a myriad of combinations and transformations. The final section is a grandiose restatement of the carol, which is slightly slower and very broad in style. The piece concludes with a brilliant fanfare-like coda, prolonging a plagal or Amen cadence.

- Program Note by San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 11 December 2011

This work is a true concert fantasia on the carol Angels We Have Heard on High. The piece is loaded with development, embellishment, and even a fugal section, and is nothing short of stunning! Use this great piece of music to show off your band's best stuff at the holiday concert, or even use it for a contest/festival selection.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Greater Miami (Fla.) Symphonic Band (Robert Longfield, conductor) - 11 December 2022
  • Beaver County (Penn.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Kevin Newton, conductor) - 8 December 2021
  • Mahoosuc Community Band (Bethel, N. H.) (Patricia Boyle Wight, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Glenn R. Moore, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • Gateway Concert Band (Enumclaw, Wash.) (Jack Prindle, conductor) – 16 December 2018
  • Monroe County (Mich.) Community College/Community Band (Mark Felder, conductor) – 10 December 2018
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith, conductor) – 9 December 2018
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Tifton, Ga.) Concert Band (Johnny Folsom) – 13 November 2018
  • Mercyhurst University (Erie, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Meier, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 18 December 2016
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 3 December 2014
  • Covenant Christian High School (Walker, Mich.) Band - December 2013
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (Lauren Wasynczuk, conductor) - 11 December 2011
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 9 December 2006

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  • Longfield, R. (1997). And the Mountains Echoed: Gloria! [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.