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With Heart and Voice

From Wind Repertory Project
David Gillingham

David Gillingham


General Info

Year: 1843 / 2000
Duration: c. 8:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $120.00   |   Score - $20.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Piano
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drums (3)
  • Crotales
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Hi-hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Tom-toms (3)
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

With Heart and Voice was commissioned by Apple Valley High School Bands, Scott A. Jones, director (Apple Valley, Minnesota), to commemorate the 25th year of existence of this high school. Apple Valley High School's strong commitment to the arts was a major factor in my decision to take on this commission. After visiting the school in December of 2000 and meeting many of the students, faculty, and administrators, I became greatly inspired.

Thematically, the work is based on the Apple Valley High School Alma Mater, an old Spanish hymn which has made its way into most church hymnals under the name of Come, Christians, Join to Sing. It is perhaps fate that this hymn, a particular favorite of mine, happens to be the tune used for the Alma Mater. Christian Henry Bateman wrote the words for the hymn in 1843, and the first verse contains the line, "Let all, with heart and voice, before the throne rejoice". Hence, the title, With Heart and Voice. What better way to celebrate 25 years of this great high school than with our "hearts" and "voices"? The "voice" in this case is the music, and the "heart" is the emotion that the music renders in celebration.

Although the work is largely celebratory in nature, it begins with a feeling of reticence and apprehension, much like the beginnings of Apple Valley High School. It was at one time only an idea or perhaps a sketch in the mind of the architect. Small fragments of the Alma Mater are heard in the opening moments of the piece. The piece gains momentum, texture and volume in this opening section, culminating in a dramatic statement of the first four notes of the theme. A calmness follows and a lyrical flute solo enters. This new material represents the uniqueness of the "mission" of a new school which will have roots in academic excellence and commitment to the visual and performing arts. The euphonium echoes the flute and soon more instruments join in, and the section culminates with a dramatic fanfare. This is followed by a transitional section with much more dissonance and the rhythmic activity, equated to the challenge of bringing life to this new school. A glorious statement of the Alma Mater follows, signifying the dedication of Apple Valley High School, twenty-five years ago. The ensuing section begins as a fugue with underlying unsettling rhythmic activity in the percussion. The obvious reference of this section is to challenge -- maintaining the goals and mission of the high school. The section becomes frantic and desperate, but soon subsides into peacefulness. The peacefulness is stated by the marriage of the Alma Mater theme and the "Mission" theme...after all, for the high school to survive, it must never forget its mission. An extended finale follows, which celebrates both themes in playful, joyful, and dramatic exuberance.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Minnesota - Category I
  • Virginia: VI
  • North Carolina: VI


Performances

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  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (John Stanley Ross, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Manfredo, conductor) –- 18 April 2019
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (Eric Bush, conductor) – 8 April 2019
  • Summit (N.J.) High School Wind Ensemble (Alex Bocchino, conductor) – 2 April 2019
  • Woodland Wind Symphony (Cartersville, Ga.) (Eric Willoughby, conductor) – 9 March 2019
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Symphonic Band (Russell Tipton, conductor) - 2 March 2019
  • Martin Luther College (New Ulm, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Miles Wurster, conductor) – 17 February 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 14 February 2019

Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 12 February 2019

  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Erin Meissner, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 18 October 2018
  • Eastman Music Educators' Wind Ensemble (Rochester, N.Y.) (Bill Tiberio, conductor) - 2 August 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside Community Band (Laura Rexroth, conductor) - 26 April 2018
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Wind Ensemble (Lancaster, Penn.) (Michael Fansler, conductor) – 21 April 2018
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, All-College Band (Carrie Pawelski, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • Metamora (Ill.) High School Wind Ensemble (Christopher Rend, conductor) – 24 February 2018
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) – 1 December 2017
  • North Suburban Wind Ensemble (Libertyville, Ill.) (Don Shupe, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Lamar University (Beaumont, Tex.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) – 5 October 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • David Gillingham website
  • Gillingham, D. (2001). With Heart and Voice [score] C. Alan Publications: Greensboro, N.C.
  • Mills, Alan W. "With Heart and Voice." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 735-743. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.