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Music of the Spheres (Gilroy)

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Gary P. Gilroy

Traditional English melody set by Franklin L. Sheppard, arr. Gary P Gilroy

Subtitle: This Is My Father's World

General Info

Year: 1915 / 2017
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $52.00; (digital) - $52.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This is My Father's World is a well-known Christian hymn, [text] written by Maltbie Davenport Babcock, a minister from New York. The piece [a poem] was published after his death in 1901 at age 42. The poem was set to music in 1915 by Franklin L. Sheppard, a close friend of Babcock, who apparently did not want to call attention to himself and signed using his initials rearranged as "S.F.L." Most sources state that Sheppard adapted the music from a traditional English melody that he learned from his mother as a child.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

This superb setting of the popular hymn features delicate sonorities combined with shimmering metallic percussion for a moving, lyrical and expressive selection. Artistic percussion performance is on full display, featuring wonderfully sustained sounds of metal percussion instruments glisten throughout. These resonant sounds blend perfectly with the long vibrant tones of the wind instruments for an overwhelming musical effect.

-Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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