Fast Falls the Eventide
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Euphonium BC and TC
Percussion I-II, including:
- Suspended Cymbal
- Wind Chimes
- Bell Tree
- Small Triangle
- Crash Cymbal
None discovered thus far.
Fast Falls the Eventide is dedicated to the memory of Thomas Mitchell, who lost his battle with cancer in February 2008. Mr. Mitchell was a middle school band director in Huntsville, Alabama, for over 25 years, during which time he also played trombone in the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Because Tom was devoutly religious -- and also a proud alumnus of the University of Alabama -- the melodic elements of Fast Falls the Eventide are taken from two sources: the first is Yay, Alabama, the fight song of the University of Alabama; the other is the popular hymn Abide with Me, the text of which is a pray for the comfort and strength of God to be present with us throughout life, through trials, and through death. The first verse is likely the most well known:
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, Oh abide with me.
As a tribute to Tom's career as a professional trombonist, Fast Falls the Eventide features the trombone in a number of ways: an opening solo, a low-brass chorale, and the work ends with a brief, final statement by muted trombone. Because Tom's wife Rhonda and daughter Sara are both bassoonists, there are solo passages for the bassoon as well.
Fast Falls the Eventide was commissioned by the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble (Dr. Kenneth Ozzello, conductor), and was premiered by the organization on January 23, 2009.
-Program note by the composer
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 8 December 2012
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Beautiful, Inside and Out (2020)
- Blue Horizons (2019)
- The Blue Hornets (2015)
- The Conquerers (2021)
- Cycle of the Werewolf (2015)
- Diamond Reflections (2019)
- Elegy for a Firefighter (2008/2019)
- Fast Falls the Eventide (2011)
- In Full Glory Reflected (2014)
- Laurie's Song (as transcriber) (1954/ )
- Remember the Little Things (2019)
- Suite for Band (2015)
- Super-Secret Super Sleuths (2018)
- That others may live (2008)