Mother's Hymn, A

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert W. Smith

Setting by Robert W Smith

Subtitle: How Great Thou Art

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: RWS Music, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Simple, poignant and beautiful, A Mother’s Hymn by Robert W. Smith is an artistic experience for both band and audience. Composer Smith writes:

As I was growing up in the deep South of the United States, I was greatly impacted by my mother and grandmother and their love of hymns. This melody was my mother's favorite, and I performed it regularly both at home and in the church. I cherish the memories of playing this beautiful hymn on trumpet accompanied by my grandmother on the organ or piano. I particularly enjoyed the interpretive freedom my grandmother gave me during the performance while she followed me with every nuanced phrase. I created this setting in honor of my mother, Grazia W. Smith, and mothers everywhere.

- Program Note from score

How Great Thou Art is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish traditional melody and a poem written by Carl Boberg (1859–1940) in Mönsterås, Sweden, in 1885. The hymn was popularized by George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows during the Billy Graham crusades. It was voted the British public's favourite hymn by BBC's Songs of Praise. How Great Thou Art was ranked second (after Amazing Grace) on a list of the favourite hymns of all time in a survey by Christianity Today magazine in 2001.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: II


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