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Be Thou My Vision (Gillingham)

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David Gillingham

David Gillingham


General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 6:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $89.00   |   Score Only - $18.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

It's not often you come across a composition that offers the high level of musical merit needed to appeal to directors and also offers an emotional depth able to truly move an audience. This is such a piece. Gillingham bases his reverent and powerful work on the hymn tune Be Thou My Vision (also known as the old Irish ballad Slane), with its eternal message of faith and hope. It goes far beyond being an arrangement of a familiar hymn tune, as Gillingham gives moments of real drama in the shimmering tonal colors provided by the woodwinds and the glorious brass lines that break through like dazzling sunlight through the clouds.

- Program Note by publisher


It was an honor and privilege to compose this work for Ray and Molly Cramer in honor of their parents. The work is heartfelt, expressive and hopefully inspiring. The hymn tune Slane is one of my favorites and inspired me to compose a countermelody which is likened to an old Irish ballad. Since Slane is, in fact, an old Irish ballad, the two tunes share this unique camaraderie.

The work opens with a medieval-like flavor of reverence leading to the first presentation of Slane (Be Thou My Vision) in D-minor stated in chant-like somberness by the euphonium. Following, the newly composed Irish ballad is sung by the flute, which leads to a dramatic statement of Be Thou My Vision by the full ensemble in A-major. The work is interrupted by a prayerful interlude. Following is the marriage of the two Irish tunes in D-flat major which grows to a glorious climax and then subsides. A heavenly benediction closes the work.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Georgia: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: Concert Band V
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Minnesota: I
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: III
  • Texas: IV. Complete


Performances

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  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Symphonic Winds (Steven Moore, conductor) – 16 February 2020
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Joseph D. Conti, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Brooke Woods, conductor) – 3 November 2019
  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony II (Curran Prendergast, conductor) – 22 September 2019
  • Young Artists Wind Ensemble (Boston, Mass.) (David Martins, conductor) – 14 July 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Jochen McEvoy, conductor) – 20 February 2019
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Concert Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 29 November 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 30 October 2018
  • Boston University (Mass.) Wind Ensemble (David Martins, conductor) – 2 October 2018
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Concert Band (Johnny Heath Nails, conductor) – 25 April 2018
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 23 April 2018
  • Tualatin Valley Community Band (Tigard, Ore.) (Kevin Soon, conductor) – 18 March 2018
  • Kings County Concert Band (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (Jasmine Britt, conductor) – 4 March 2018
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Wind Ensemble (Joe Moore, conductor) – 27 February 2018
  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Michigan (Ann Arbor) Youth Symphonic Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 13 November 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Gillingham, D. (1999). Be Thou My Vision [score]. C. Alan Pub.: Greensboro, N.C.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 450-454.