Hymn of St. James composed by Reber Clark (1955-). For concert band (Piccolo 1/2, Flute 1/2, Flute 3/4, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Clarinet 3, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone 1/2, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trumpet 3, Horn 1/2, Horn 3/4, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Trombone 3, Baritone). Grade 4. Score only. Duration 5:40. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.04831).
Based on the French advent hymn "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence," Reber Clark's inspired setting utilizes the full range of colours available in a concert band. "Hymn of St. James" will take your breath away.
Over the years, many people have asked me about the origin of this work. "Hymn of St. James" is a composition for band based on the hymn, "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence," which is set to a traditional 17th century French carol melody. I was raised in the Episcopal Church and this was one of a very few hymns that fascinated me from a very early age. The melody always haunted me and, having the opportunity to write a piece completely unfettered by money or time constraints, I decided to utilize this childhood memory. - Reber Clark.