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Battle Hymn of the Republic, The

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William Steffe
Julia Ward Howe

Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe; music by William Steffe (arr. Neilson, ed. Wilhousky)

General Info

Year: 1861 / 1944
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet Solo-II-III-IV
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

William Steffe (1830–1890) collected and edited a camp-meeting song with the traditional Glory Hallelujah refrain, in about 1856. It opened with "Say, brothers, will you meet us / on Canaan's happy shore?" The tune became widely known.

Early in the American Civil War, this tune was used to create the Union Army marching song John Brown's Body, which begins with the lyrics "John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave, but his soul goes marching on."

In November 1861, Julia Ward Howe, having heard this version, used the tune as the basis of her new verse, later known as Battle Hymn of the Republic, also known as Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory outside of the United States. Howe's more famous lyrics were written in November 1861 and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. The song links the judgment of the wicked at the end of time (New Testament, Rev. 19) with the American Civil War. Since that time, it has become an extremely popular and well-known American patriotic song.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Marshall (Mo.) Municipal Band (Kevin Lines, conductor) - 29 July 2020
  • Concordia University (Seward, Neb.) Symphonic Band (Andrew Schultz, conductor) – 22 October 2019
  • United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Jim Keane, conductor) - 25 August 2018
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy, Tx.) (Bob Bryant, conductor) - 1 July 2018
  • Philharmonia Winds (Hartford, Conn.) (Alan Francis, conductor) - 13 May 2018
  • Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble (Oneonta, N.Y.) (Scott Rabeler, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) – 13 May 2017
  • United States Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 20 January 2017 (Presidential Inauguration)
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Angela Holt, conductor) – 13 September 2016
  • Callanwode Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) and Decatur First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir (John Cowden, conductor) – 29 May 2016
  • United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Richard C. Crane, conductor) - 16 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)
  • Northshore (Chicago) Concert Band (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 2 November 2014
  • University of North Dakota High School Honor Band (James Popejoy, conductor) 2010

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