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Music of the Spheres (Gilroy)

From Wind Repertory Project
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


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
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


Errata

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 by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Taylor University (Upland, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Al Harrison, conductor) – 1 November 2017


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