Chorale Prelude: Be Thou My Vision

From Wind Repertory Project
Jack Stamp

Jack Stamp

General Info

Year: 1997
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


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

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The work is based on the hymn tune Slane, better known to many as Be Thou My Vision.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance

This beautiful setting of the familiar hymn tune begins with bell-like tones that ring upward through the instrumental sections and herald in the melody. The familiar hymn is then transformed through mixed meters to eventually conclude with a jubilant, grand statement of the wondrous melody.

- Program Note from publisher

Be Thou My Vision is a traditional hymn of Irish origin. In 1905, it was translated from Old Irish into English, and set to verse in 1912. Since 1919, it has been commonly sung to the Irish folk tune, Slane. This setting of the tune is dedicated to the composer’s Arkansas friends, Dr. Tom O’Neal and Pat Ellison, for their wonderful friendship and musicianship.

- Program Note from Moline High School Symphonic Band concert program, 17 November 2021


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: II
  • Maryland: I
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) -- 29 November 2023
  • Colorado Christian University (Lakewood) Symphonic Band (Mark S. Dorn, conductor) - 13 April 2022
  • Moline (Ill.) High School Symphonic Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor) - 17 November 2021
  • Trine University (Angola, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Kays, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Central Arizona (Coolidge) Community Wind Ensemble (John Woode, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Concert Band (Christian Zembower, conductor) – 27 February 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 24 April 2017
  • McPherson (Kan.) College Concert Band (Kyle Hopkins, conductor) – 13 March 2017
  • Vienna (VA) Community Band (Cornelius Young-conductor) -12 March 2017
  • Richland College (Dallas, Texas) Wind Symphony (Derrick Logozzo, conductor) – 30 April 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Jack Stamp website
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 210-212.
  • Perusal score
  • Stamp, J. (1997). Chorale Prelude: Be Thou My Vision [score]. Neil A. Kjos Music: San Diego, Calif.