Ere the World Began to Be

From Wind Repertory Project
Jack Stamp

Jack Stamp

General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) -$66.00  |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-IIm, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This arrangement is based on the 13th century plainchant, Divinum Mysteriuum.

Of the Father's Heart Begotten, alternatively known as Of the Father's Love Begotten, is a Christmas carol based on the Latin poem Corde natus by the Roman poet Aurelius Prudentius, from his Liber Cathemerinon (hymn no. IX) beginning "Da puer plectrum."

The ancient poem was translated and paired with a medieval plainchant melody Divinum mysterium. Divinum mysterium was a "Sanctus trope" - an ancient plainchant melody which over the years had been musically embellished. An early version of this chant appears in manuscript form as early as the 10th century, although without the melodic additions, and "trope" versions with various melodic differences appear in Italian, German, Gallacian, Bohemian and Spanish manuscripts dating from the 13th to 16th centuries.

Divinum mysterium first appears in print in 1582 in the Finnish song book Piae Cantiones, a collection of seventy-four sacred and secular church and school songs of medieval Europe compiled by Jaakko Suomalainen and published by Theodoric Petri.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commissioned by the Central Middle School Concert Winds and Percussion of Waukesha, Wisc., Laura Kanig Sindberg, conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: II
  • Maryland: III
  • Oklahoma: II-A
  • South Carolina: IIII
  • West Virginia: II


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Troy Middle School (Middlefield, Ill.) Symphonic Band (William Goetz, conductor) - 5 May 2023
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Timothy M. Smith, conductor) – 11 December 2016
  • Hillsdale (Mich.) Wind Symphony (Robert A. Livingston, conductor) – 2015
  • Catawba Valley New Horizons Band, Hickory NC (Len Allman - Director) 13 December 2017

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. 151-153.
  • Of the Father's Heart Begotten, Wikipedia Accessed 25 December 2016
  • Stamp, J. (1996). Ere the World Began to Be [score]. Daehn Publications: New Glarus, Wisc.