Humble Heart

From Wind Repertory Project
Ed Kiefer

Shaker Melody arranged by Ed Kiefer

Subtitle: A Shaker Tune

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Traditional melody
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Concert Toms, large
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In writing this composition, I tried to make a lyrical piece that was easily accessible to very young bands, and yet remain true to this simple, beautiful Shaker melody. The ranges are all within reach of a first-year student, with rhythms simple enough to be learned in a very short time. The only challenges will be keeping the tune as legato as possible and playing a few countermelodies that require some independent counting, although they are doubled in many sections. However, these concepts are ones that young players need to learn and work on early.

I sometimes think some original young band music lacks good melody, harmony and direction, but I hope you will find this piece accentuates the beauty and peace this melody provides. Here are some lyrics taken from the George DeWitt Hymnal, New Lebanon, 1822, that speak to a Humble Heart and address a young student’s insecurities of not feeling they are the best, biggest or richest in their class.

The proud and lofty I despise,
And bless the meek and low.
I hear the humble soul that cries,
And comfort I bestow.
Of all the trees among the wood
I've chose the little vine;
The meek and low are nigh to me,
The humble heart is mine.

Tall cedars fall before the wind,
The tempest breaks the oak,
While slender vines will bow and bend
And rise beneath the stroke.
I've chosen me a pleasant grove
And set my lovely vine
Here in my vinyard I will rove,
The humble heart is mine.

- George DeWitt Hymnal, New Lebanon, 1822

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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  • Kiefer, E. (2018). Humble Heart - A Shaker Tune : For Concert Band [score]. C. Alan Publications: Greensboro, N.C.
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