Baba Yetu (arr. Wagner)

From Wind Repertory Project
Christopher Tin

Christopher Tin (arr. Douglas E Wagner)

Subtitle: Swahili adaptation of The Lord's Prayer by Chris Kaigiri

General Info

Year: 2005 / 2015
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Music Pub.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Electric Bass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Djembe or Ashico or low/medium Toms
  • Shakers
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Marking the tenth anniversary of Christopher Tin's phenomenal hit Baba Yetu, we feature his exhilarating and uplifting music in a full-length, first-time-ever arrangement for concert band.

Written 2005 for the video game Civilization IV, the song quickly garnered attention outside of its originally intended audience, and in February 2011 it won a Grammy award for "The Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists" category.

The words of the song, by Chris Kaigiri, are a Swahili translation of The Lord's Prayer.

- Program Note from score

Civilization IV (also known as Sid Meier's Civilization IV) is a 4x turn-based strategy computer game and the fourth installment of the Civilization series, and designed by Soren Johnson under the direction of Sid Meier and his video game development studio Firaxis Games. It was released in North America, Europe, and Australia, between October 25 and November 4, 2005.

Civilization IV follows some of the 4X model of turn-based strategy games, a genre in which players control an empire and "explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate", by having the player attempt to lead a modest group of peoples from a base with initially scarce resources into a successful empire or civilization.

Baba Yetu (Swahili: "Our Father") is the theme song for the 2005 video game Civilization IV. It was composed by Christopher Tin. For its re-release in Tin's debut album Calling All Dawns, it was performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir. The song, when rereleased, became the first piece of video game music to be nominated for and to win a Grammy Award. This Grammy win was considered a significant milestone for the critical acceptance of music from video games as a legitimate art form, and following Tin's win the Recording Academy retitled their visual media categories to become more inclusive of video game soundtracks.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Baba Yetu (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Vinson) (2005/2019)
  • Sogno di Volare (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Brown) (2016/2019)

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