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Watchman, Tell Us of the Night

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Mark Camphouse

Mark Camphouse

General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (Opt. English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A hymn for all children, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night portrays the loneliness, loss of innocence and yet enduring hope of the survivor of child abuse. The work is a musical tribute to survivors, often dreamlike in nature, as seen through the eyes of the child. With this work, Mr. Camphouse responds to the shockingly widespread national tragedy of child abuse. Victims often suffer life-long effects mentally, physically, and socially. This shameful societal illness must be faced openly, honestly, and compassionately.

The title, taken from John Bowring's 1825 text setting of George Elvey's church hymn, Watchman, Tell Us of the Night, is also known as the Thanksgiving hymn, Come Ye Thankful People Come.

Watchman, Tell Us of the Night was commissioned by the St. Louis Youth Wind Ensemble, Milton Allen, conductor, and is dedicated to the composer's twin daughters, Beth and Briton.

Watchman, tell us of the night. For the morning seems to dawn;

Traveler, darkness takes its flight; Doubt and terror are withdrawn.
Watchman, let thy wanderings cease; Hie thee to thy quiet home.
Traveler, yes; it brings the day. Healing wholeness now has come!

- Program Note from score

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State Ratings

  • New York: VI


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