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That I May Love

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Ralph Hultgren

Ralph Hultgren

Subtitle: On the hymn tune Trentham, by Robert Jackson with words by Edwin Hatch

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Brolga Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle, small


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

That I May Love draws its title from the first verse of the hymn Breathe on Me, Breath of God. Its prayer-like request is that the loving nature of God be bestowed on those who sing the hymn so that they may love as consistently and deeply as God does. Given human nature it seems a sensible request and one that may well be summed up in the words of Mother Theresa, when she said, "Do not think that love, to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired."

- Program Note by publisher

The hymn Breathe on Me, Breath of God was written by Edwin Hatch in 1878 and set the melody of Trentham composed by Robert Jackson in the same year. It has been suggested that the fluid nature of the tune amplifies the simple entreaty of the works, as it seems to "breathe" as it ebbs and flows.

- Program Note from Blackburn High School Symphonic Band concert program, 20 December 2017

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