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Variations on an Ancient Hymn

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Howard Hanson

Howard Hanson


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General Info

Year: 1977
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Hanson's music is often categorized as neo-romantic. His compositions are melodious and dramatic, and his harmonic language is considered tonal by mid-twentieth century standards.

Variations on an Ancient Hymn, Hanson's shortest and last composition for band, is based on four settings of an early American hymn tune and was published in 1977. The brief work consists of rhythmic and metric variations of an early American Hymn.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Florida: III
  • Kansas: III
  • Louisiana: IV
  • New York: Concert Band III
  • Oklahoma: IV-A


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Hanson, H. (1977). Variations on an Ancient Hymn [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.
  • Thomas, Reed. "Variations on an Ancient Hymn." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.