Subtitle: Chorale Prelude for Symphonic Band
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymns
Publisher: Ludwig Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00 | Score Only (print) - $10.00
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None discovered thus far.
This prelude and chorale is based on Eternal Father, Strong to Save.
John B. Dykes, an Anglican clergyman, composed the tune Melita, in 88 88 88 iambic meter, to accompany the HA&M version of the hymn of 1861. Dykes was a well-known composer of nearly three hundred hymn tunes, many of which are still in use today.
"Melita" is an archaic term for Malta, an ancient seafaring nation which was then a colony of the British Empire, and is now a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was the site of a shipwreck, mentioned in Acts of the Apostles (chapters 27–28), involving the Apostle Paul.
- Program Note from Wikipedia
This arrangement, performed by the United States Marine Band by request of the Kennedy family, at President [John F.] Kennedy's gravesite, is a work of quiet dignity.
- Program Note from publisher
- Arkansas: IV
- Louisiana: IV
- Oklahoma: IV-A
- South Carolina: V
- Texas: IV. Complete
- Virginia: V
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- Arlington High School Wind Ensemble – 21 April 2016
Works for Winds by This Composer
- American Pageant (1972/1987)
- And Grace Will Lead Me Home (1997)
- God of Our Fathers (as arranger) (1876/1988/2014)
- Guisganderie (as arranger)
- Hail, Columbia (as arranger) (1789/)
- March-Past of the United States Armed Forces
- Melita (1987)
- Music for a Cathedral
- A Salute to the Armed Forces of the United States of America (as arranger)
- Scherzo Capriccioso (as transcriber) (1883/)
- Sea Songs (1980/1988)
- Suite from "The Firebird" (as transcriber) (1919)
- Symphony No. 1
- Toccata, Adagio and Fugue (as transcriber)
- Eternal Father, Strong to Save, Wikipedia Accessed 28 January 2021
- Knox, T. (1987). Melita: Chorale Prelude for Symphonic Band [score]. Ludwig Music Co.: Cleveland, Ohio.