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Immortal! Invisible!

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Ralph Hultgren

Ralph Hultgren

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos Music - Official Website
Cost: Score & Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Timpani
  • Triangle


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Program Notes

Sitting uncomfortably in church one Sunday morning, the composer was drawn to the text of the hymn based on the melody St. Denio. Unable to fathom the amazing assertion in the first two lines, he began to contemplate the depth of meaning and significance of them: Immortal, Invisible, God only wise. In light inaccessible hid from our eyes.

Beyond that, the composer could not move. What it meant, the immensity and wonder of it. Over and over those first two lines and then the melody of St. Denio began to tease him. Not only once or twice, it seemed always! It visits as an allegro and then returns as a question, presenting itself as a statement. It speaks with one voice and then with many. It asks tentatively then calls out its affirmation.

So, rhapsodically presented, are the thoughts and musings of the composer in musical form. Consider them if you will or dispense with them, but the truth remains that one can quite strongly argue for the absolute wonder there is in the concept of the immortality sand wisdom of God.

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