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My Faith Looks Up to Thee

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Lowell Mason

Lowell Mason (arr. Timothy Rhea)

General Info

Year: 1830 / 2001
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: TRN Music Publisher
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned for Elizabeth Webb, longtime band booster president, by the Cisco, Texas, High School Band and Band Boosters, Jeff Estes, conductor. The premiere performance took place after the passing of Mrs. Webb, in April of 2001.

This setting of the hymn My Faith Looks Up to Thee, while technically not difficult, was created to employ the various orchestration colors and textures of the symphonic band.

- Program Note from publisher

Ray Palmer, a later doctor of theology, and Lowell Mason, a doctor of music, met in Boston in 1830. Mason inquired to Palmer if he had any lyrics that could be inserted for Spiritual Songs for Social Worship, a compilation that was being prepared by Mason and Thomas Hastings for publication within a couple years.

Palmer presented Mason his leather book containing his poem, My Faith Looks Up to Thee, originally in six stanzas. The two men walked into a shop so Mason could obtain a transcript of Palmer’s words. It wasn’t until he arrived home that evening that the forthwith celebrated stanzas were read, and Mason immediately wrote the tune Olivet,, the only melody ever performed with Palmer’s poem. Palmer believed his hymn flourished since it “embodied, in appropriate and simple language that which is most central in all true Christian experience—the act of faith in the divine Redeemer—the entrusting of the individual soul to Him entirely and forever.”

- Program Note from Godtube

Commercial Discography


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None discovered thus far.


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