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Spangled Heavens

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Donald Grantham

Donald Grantham


General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 11:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piquant Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $175.00    |   Score (Purchase) - Unknown


Movements

1. Holy Manna - 3:00
2. Restoration - 3:55
3. Sweet Canaan - 4:05


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I–II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Glockenspiel (orchestra bells)
  • Marimba (five-octave if available)
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Spangled Heavens is another in a series of the composer's works based on shape note music. In three movements, the first movement is based on Holy Manna, and features three contrasting presentations of the tune. The first appearance is in F major, the second in A-flat major, and the third is a bi-tonal presentation combining the two keys, with F prevailing at the end. The second movement is based on Restoration. It begins with a freely composed melody that soon yields to the shape note tune. The movement concludes with the freely composed melody - in its original and a transposed version - used as a passacaglia accompaniment for the shape note melody. Movement three employs two contrasting but complementary songs: Sweet Canaan and Saints Bound for Heaven. The two tunes alternate throughout the movement, with a modulation upward at each new occurrence. The work ends with a combination of the two melodies.

Spangled Heavens was commissioned by the Hill Country Middle School Symphonic Band, Austin, Texas; Cheryl Floyd and Chuck Fischer, directors.

-Program Note by Donald Grantham.


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Texas: IV


Performances

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  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Texas Community College Band Directors Association (TCCBDA) Symphonic Band (Derrick Logozzo, conductor) - 17 February 2018 (2018 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (East Lansing, Mich.) (Simon Holoweiko) – 3 December 2017
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor) – 22 September 2017
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Corey Pompey, conductor) – 2 March 2017
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Carter Biggers, conductor) – 29 February 2015
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Symphonic Winds (Robert Carnachan, conductor) – 1 October 2015
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Ian Richard, conductor) - 10 March 2015
  • Okemos High School (Grand Rapids, Mich.) Wind Ensemble - 21 January 2015


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Donald Grantham website (Piquant Press)
  • Schallert, Gary. "Spangled Heavens." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 404-415. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.