Battle Hymn of the Republic (arr Althouse)

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William Steffe
Julia Ward Howe

Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe; music by William Steffe (arr. Jay Althouse and Mark Williams)

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General Info

Year: 1861 / 1997
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)

SATB Choir (optional)


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


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Rockport (Mass.) Legion Band (Bob Rick, conductor) - 1 August 2021

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Althouse, J.; Howe, J.; Steffe, W. (1997). Battle Hymn of the Republic: For S.A.T.B. Voices and Piano with Optional Cassette, Brass, and Concert Band [score]. Alfred: Van Nuys, Calif.
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic, Wikipedia. Accessed 1 August 2021