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Light Eternal, The

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James Swearingen

James Swearingen

General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 7:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $78.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (or Tam-Tam)
  • Rachet
  • Siren
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A powerful work that recounts the magnificent story of four U.S. Army chaplains who heroically sacrificed their lives during World War II. The Light Eternal is based on the well-known hymn God Of Our Fathers and is filled with an abundance of musical inventiveness that will produce a startling emotional impact on the listener.

Romanesque was commissioned by the Orville, Ohio, High School Band, Rob Hennell and Dave Tibbitis directors, and is dedicated to the memory of The Four Chaplains, Lt. G. L. Fox, Lt. A. D. Goode, Lt. C. V. Poling and Lt. J. P. Washington.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Thursday Concert Band (Justin G. McCrary, conductor) -19 April 2022
  • Karl L. King Municipal Band (Ft. Dodge, Iowa) (Jerrold Jimmerson, conductor) - 11 July 2021
  • La Sierra University (Riverside, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (David Brennan, conductor) – 15 February 2020
  • Berea (Ky.) College Wind Ensemble (James Dreiling, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • State College Area (Penn.) Municipal Band (Ned C. Deihl, conductor)- 19 November 2017
  • Fresno (Calif.) Community Concert Band (Robert Nielsen, conductor) – 28 May 2017
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Kay, Tex.) (Bob Bryant, conductor) - 14 December 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Swaringen, J. (1992). The Light Eternal [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.