Lift Up Your Heads

From Wind Repertory Project
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (trans. Shiree X. Williams)

Subtitle: Short Festival Anthem for Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 1892 / 2022
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir and organ
Publisher: Shiree X. Williams Music, through Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Published in 1892, Lift Up Your Heads was originally scored for choir and organ. The piece is a short anthem based on Psalm 24:708. This psalm is connected to when David brought the ark of the covenant back from the home of Obed-edom. The ark that represented God's presence was about to enter Jerusalem. When it had been seized by the Philistines, Eli's daughter-in-law bore a son and called him Ichabod, saying, "The glory has departed from Israel because the ark of God has been captured." Now that the ark was about to enter Jerusalem, the glory of the King of heaven and earth was returning.

For me, transcribing this piece meant having the opportunity to give further voice to Coleridge-Taylor as both an influential human and genius musician. It is my hope that performers and listeners alike are inspired by this work and the legacy of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Cheldon R. Williams, conductor) - 25 April 2023
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Tiffany Galus, conductor) – 7 February 2023
  • Oklahoma Intercollegiate Honor Band (Tulsa) (Andrea Brown, conductor) - 19 January 2023

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Danse Negre (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Bukin) (1898/2020)

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