Binding, The

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Fisher Tull

Fisher Tull

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Subtitle: For Brass Ensemble

General Info

Year: 1981 / 1984
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Timpani (optional)
Percussion (optional)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Binding is a work based on two hymn tunes, Deidre and St. Patrick’s Breastplate. The title was derived from the current Anglican text for the latter, “I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity.”

- Program Note from Illinois State University Wind Symphony concert program, 24 April 2021

The Binding was commissioned by and dedicated to the Mount Union College Brass Choir, which gave the first performance on May 20, 1981.

The work begins with antiphonal fanfare motifs characterized by irregular and mixed meters; ideas from this opening section are re-used to accompany the Breastplate tune and to serve as separating interludes. The lyrical, folksong-like melody is presented straight-forwardly in successive two-phrase units by euphoniums and tubas, next by horns, and then by trombones, whereas the final two phrases are taken by solo trumpet in a rhapsodic, highly decorated version of the theme (marked "Freely, quasi cadenza").

The shorter Deirdre, each phrase beginning with a dotted-note figure, is given out antiphonally, led by the horns, euphoniums, and tubas, and answered by the trumpets and trombones. an overlapped return of the Breastplate theme is introduced by the tubas, building cumulatively with the successive phrase-by-phrase addition of trombones, horns, and trumpets reaching a powerful tutti statement of the second half of the hymn melody. solo horns and euphonium form a transition to a brief, climactic recall of the Deirdre theme.

- Program Note from liner notes for Crystal Records CD Millar Brass Ensemble


State Ratings

  • Indiana: 090 - LARGE BRASS ENSEMBLES


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band Chamber Winds (Courtney Snyder, conductor) - 5 November 2021
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Anthony C. Marinello II, conductor) - 24 April 2021
  • U.S. Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Michelle Rakers, conductor) – 15 December 2015
  • Mount Union College (Alliance, Ohio) Brass Choir – 20 May 1981 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Fisher Tull website Accessed 24 April 2021
  • Tull, F. (1984). The Binding [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: Farmingdale, N.Y.