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Symphonic Variations on "Amazing Grace"

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Claude T. Smith

Claude T. Smith

General Info

Year: 1987
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Claude T. Smith Publications, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
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-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In the style for which he has become so famous, Claude Smith has created a marvelous, truly significant setting of this favorite folk hymn.

- Program Note by publisher

This work was commissioned in 1987 by the Dixie Band Camp Board of Directors at Arkansas State University in honor of the 50th anniversary and was premiered that summer at the camp.

As the title indicates, this is a set of variation on the well-known spiritual Amazing Grace. Throughout the several settings of the melody, all the instruments of the band have an opportunity to heard performing the melody. This compositional trait is found in many of the works by Claude T. Smith. To him, it was important that all members of the ensemble have the opportunity to perform the melody. Another trademark elements, the 7/8 measure, is found several places in the work to provide a rhythmic lift to the flow of the work to engage both the musicians and the audience. With Smith's passing in December of 1987, this was one of the final works he produced at the end of his career.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: IV
  • Kansas: IV
  • North Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV


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  • Claude T. Smith website Accessed 2 April 2020
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble: Volume 2 L-Z. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 278. Print.
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, C. (1987). Symphonic Variations on Amazing Grace [score]. Jenson: New Berlin, Wisc.