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Johnnie Vinson

Traditional hymn arranged by Johnnie Vinson

Subtitle: Based on an Early American Hymn Tune

General Info

Year: 2008 / 2016
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00; (digital) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • F Horn
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C
  • F Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Cello

Part 5

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Cello
  • B-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba
  • String/Electric Bass

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Gong
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Most widely known as Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, the early American hymn tune Nettleton is creatively arranged in this beautiful setting. Using the horns as a focal point for the first section and followed by a lyric portion scored for woodwinds, this work also includes nicely orchestrated sections for brass as well as effectively written dynamic nuances.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by and dedicated to the Thompson Middle School Band, Alabaster, Ala., Connie and Tim Hammond, directors.

- Program Note from score

This is a beautifully scored and attractive setting of the American hymn tune. It opens with an introduction featuring parts of the tune, leading to a first statement of the melody in the horns, with the concluding phrase in tutti scoring. The next setting is in upper woodwinds with brass accompaniment. A short contrasting passage using materials from the introduction follows. The next setting features solo oboe with clarinet choir accompaniment, followed by woodwind choir in the closing phrase. The concluding coda uses the opening phrase with a slow tag.

- Program Note from Music for Concert Band

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing is a Christian hymn written in 1757 by pastor and hymnist Robert Robinson. In the United States the hymn is usually set to an American folk tune, Nettleton, composed by printer John Wyeth or possibly Asahel Nettleton. More recently it has appeared as a partial or full quotation in works by the composer Charles Ives, including his First String Quartet and the song The Innate.

Nettleton is here arranged in a unique setting for concert band by Johnnie Vinson. The horns are featured in the first part, followed by a lyrical section for woodwinds. The work is scored to capitalize on a full brass section, benefiting from nuanced dynamics and careful writing.

- Program Note from The Virginia Wind Symphony concert program, 21 December 2017


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