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Thomas Knox

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Subtitle: Chorale Prelude for Symphonic Band

General Info

Year: 1987
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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Program Notes

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


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


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