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With Malice Toward None (A Hymn for Band)

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With Malice Toward None (A Hymn for Band)

Mark Wolfram

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sound Studio Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00 USD   |   Score Only - $35.00 USD


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Sax I-II
Bb Tenor Sax
Eb Baritone Sax
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Mallets, including:

  • Tubular Bells (chimes)
  • Vibraphone

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

"With Malice Toward None" (A Hymn for Band) was inspired by the last paragraph of President Abraham Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address on March 4th, 1865 in which he said:

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

These powerful words are as apropos today as they were in 1865. This passage has great resonance in that it encapsulates basic moral responsibilities which so many of us have been taught: forgiveness, generosity of spirit, and trust in a higher power. Sadly, President Lincoln would be felled by an assassin's bullet little more than a month after delivering these moving and powerful words.

Mr. Wolfram used the cadence and spirit of Mr. Lincoln's text to compose a hymn-like melody. From that hymn he wrote an extended work which mirrored the turbulent days in which this Inaugural Address was given - sometimes dark and brooding, sometimes warm and hopeful - and always with an undercurrent of change and uncertainty. It draws from a more tonal than dissonant palette, and yet it has plenty of satisfying departures from the expected. The work was written for and dedicated to Professor Marcellus Brown and the Boise State University Symphonic Winds, who premiered it on Aprill 22, 2012.

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Media Links

  • Audio File: MP3

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  • Boise State University Symphonic Winds (Marcellus Brown, conductor) - 22 April 2012 WORLD PREMIERE

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