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Sacred Harp, The

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David Liptak

David Liptak

General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom, large (2)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

David Liptak chose a route to writing this composition that has been most widely recognized and acclaimed by Aaron Copland in his various settings of Americana such as Appalachian Spring, Rodeo and Billy the Kid. Liptak took, as his source of inspiration, the tune Wondrous Love, a hymn chosen from the well-known shaped-note collection, The Sacred Harp. Shaped-note singing was both vigorous and unrestrained, primarily using song with open fourths and fifths, and based in a particular key or mode. Liptak's compositional use of this earlier material has created a work with originality and musical depth.

- Program Note from publisher

Written for the inaugural ceremonies of Thomas Jackson, President of the University of Rochester (NY).

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 18 October 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 2 November 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • David Liptak website Accessed 3 November 2016
  • Feagin, T. André. "The Sacred Harp." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 809-815. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Liptak, D. (1997). The Sacred Harp: For Wind Ensemble [score]. WB Music: Miami, Fla.