Be Thou My Vision

From Wind Repertory Project
Larry Clark

Larry Clark

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 5:14
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I
Bassoon I
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Sax I
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bodhran (or Tom-toms)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Most people who have grown up in church will recognize Be Thou My Vision as a very famous hymn. This hymn is based on the Irish folk song Slane and originates from around 400 A.D. during the same time as St. Patrick.

The piece begins with a display of intervals to make it sound like ancient modal music and is followed by the original melody in a piccolo solo with a drone-like sound in the lower voices. The melody is used throughout the piece with full choral sections by the brass, then woodwinds, then brass again. The display from the beginning returns at the end to close the piece in a dramatic fashion.

Program Note by composer

Be Thou My Vision (Old Irish: Rop tú mo baile or Rob tú mo bhoile) is a traditional Christian hymn of Irish origin. The words are based on a Middle Irish poem often attributed to the sixth-century Irish Christian poet St. Dallán Forgaill, although it is probably later than that. The best-known English version, with some minor variations, was translated by Eleanor Hull and published in 1912. Since 1919 it has been commonly sung to an Irish folk tune, noted as Slane in church hymnals and is one of the most popular hymns in the United Kingdom.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Texas: III. Complete


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