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Be Thou My Vision (arr Cross)

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Travis J. Cross

Irish hymn arranged by Travis J Cross

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General Info

Year: 1999 / 2004
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $5.95


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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

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State Ratings

  • Mississippi: II-A


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  • Concordia University (River Forest, Ill.) University Band (Richard R. Fischer, conductor) – 8 November 2019
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Bradley P. Ethington, conductor) – 1 October 2019
  • Thiel College (Greenville, Penn.) Concert Band and Choir (Brian T. Harris, conductor) - 7 April 2019
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Symphony (James Patrick Miller, conductor) - 10 March 2018
  • Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Dobbins, conductor) – 4 November 2017
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 6 October 2017
  • University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Summer Band (Jeananne Nichols, conductor) - 27 July 2017
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Ian Richard, conductor) – 2 March 2016
  • Michigan Intercollegiate Honor Band (John L. Whitwell, conductor) - 2014
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor; Cuesta Master Chorale) - 7 December 2007

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