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Resting in the Peace of His Hands

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John Gibson

John Wesley Gibson

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General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For Jack Delaney and the Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note from score

John Gibson’s composition is based on a relief sculpture of the same title by German artist Kaethe Kollwitz (1867–1945). Kollwitz was a significant German artist who witnessed a great deal of suffering in her lifetime. Her husband, a physician, was assigned to care for the indigent, and they were forced to deal with the loss of their own son Peter in World War I and their grandson Peter Jr. in World War II. These situations all had a profound effect on her work. The expression of suffering in her work earned her respect among German artists and enemies within the Nazi government.

Resting in the Peace of His Hands is a significant work for Kollwitz as it was intended to express “the feeling of utter peace” while most of her work was designed to express torment. The phrase “Resting in the Peace of His Hands” is a quote from Goethe, and she intended that it be the central element of her family tombstone.

- Program note from liner notes of Mark CD At the Strongholds


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Florida: IV
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: IV
  • Mississippi: V-A
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Symphonic Band (Matthew Brunner, conductor) – 23 February 2020
  • Roberts Wesleyan College (Chili, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Paul Shewan, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 12 May 2018
  • DePauw University Band (Greencastle, Ind.) (Craig Paré, conductor) – 12 November 2017
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall O. Coleman, conductor) – 2 February 2017
  • University of Florida Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor) – 19 January 2015
  • Plano (Texas) Community Band – Spring 2013
  • Wando High School (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) Symphonic Band (Jack Delaney, conductor) – 21 December 2007 (2007 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Gibson, J. (1995). Resting in the Peace of His Hands [score]. Southern Music Company: San Antonio, Tex.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 270-273.