Be Thou My Vision (arr Cross)

From Wind Repertory Project
Travis J. Cross

Irish hymn arranged by Travis J Cross

General Info

Year: 1999 / 2004
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $5.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone

Chorus (optional)


In Score and Parts:

  • Trumpet I, m.8: Dotted half note should be a written E (concert D), instead of a written F.

In Parts:

  • Clarinet I. Boxed rehearsal number 63 should read 66 instead (location is correct).

Program Notes

Be Thou My Vision incorporates a traditional Irish melody found in the 1909 edition of Old Irish Folk Music and Songs. In 1927, the tune was harmonized and matched with the ancient Irish hymn text with which it has come to be so closely associated today.

This arrangement for wind band seeks to capture the humble simplicity and deep faith represented by the hymn text. The hymn tune is heard three times in the piece -- once with light accompaniment, once with traditional harmonization, and finally in a rich and powerful statement of victory and joy. All vocal parts are optional and cued in wind instruments.

Commissioned by the St. Olaf Band, Northfield, Minn., Dr. Timothy Mahr, conductor, Be Thou My Vision was premiered on the band’s 1999 winter concert tour with the composer conducting. The Minnesota Symphonic Winds performed the work at the 2002 Minnesota Music Educators Association Mid-winter Inservice Clinic, and the Northshore Concert Band performed the work at the 2005 Midwest Clinic.

-Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

  • Mississippi: II-A


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