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Blessed Are They (Barrett)

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Roland Barrett

Roland Barrett

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $72.00; (digital) - $72.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Cowbell
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Timbales
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This well-crafted selection is a theme and fantasy variations treatment of the traditional Christian church hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. The lyrics by the British pastor Robert Robinson (1735-1790) were set to an American folk tune known as Nettleton. The "dreamlike" opening episode begins with an unaccompanied percussion section soli that gradually introduces solo instruments. Several varied musical episodes develop hymn fragments and original material culminating in a stately chorale treatment initially played by the brass choir. A joyous coda closes the work.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 74.3 (October 2019): 60. Print
  • Perusal score