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On a Hymnsong of Robert Lowery

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David Holsinger

David Holsinger

General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: TRN Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Just as the rural camp meetings in the early decades of the 19th century produced the popular "camp songs," the urban revivals in the latter decades brought forth the popular church song - the gospel hymn. This genre emerged in the 1870s especially in collections designed for America's rapidly growing Sunday schools. Lowell Mason, William Bradbury, and Robert Lowry were leading composers of Sunday School music. Lowry (1826-1899), a Baptist Pastor, served as editor of Sunday school songbooks for the New York firm of Biglow and Main. Among his many lasting hymnsongs are "Shall We Gather at the River," "I Need Thee Every Hour," and the subject of this composition, "Nothing But The Blood of Jesus."

This is the fourth in a series of compositions based on the melodies of traditional American hymns and spirituals. Previous composition titles include On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss (It is Well with my Soul), On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason (My Faith Looks Up to Thee), and On an American Spiritual (Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?).

Program Note by David Holsinger


State Ratings

  • Texas: III. Complete


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