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Variations on "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"

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Evan Williams

Evan Williams

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ prelude
Publisher: ADJ-ective New Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $133.00   |   Score Only (print) - $32.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
Percussion (2 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Perhaps a better name for this work would be "Variations on a Theme by Bach," as the piece bears no resemblance to the Lutheran hymn, Sleepers awake! The voice calls unto us. Rather, it employs Bach's famous melody from his chorale prelude for organ (BWV 645) which was in turn transcribed from the fourth movement of his cantata of the same name (BWV 140).

Presented as a theme with six variations, the piece takes influences from a wide range of composers, such as Charles Ives, Anton Bruckner, Robert Schumann, Percy Aldridge Grainger, and of course, Johann Sebastian Bach.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Otterbein University (Westerville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Michael S. Yonchak, conductor) - 12 October 2022

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Evan Williams website Accessed 5 April 2021
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 512.