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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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