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Awake, My Heart, with Gladness

By Johann Crüger (1598-1662)

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Brass Quintet - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Johann Crüger (1598-1662). Arranged by F. Leslie Smith. Classical Period, Christian, Sacred, Easter. Score, Set of Parts. 39 pages. Published by Sweetwater Brass Press (S0.103021).

Item Number: S0.103021

In 1643, Johann Crüger, cantor and organist at Berlin’s Nicolaikirche, met Paul Gerhardt (1607–1676), minister, theologian and hymnodist. Impressed by Gerhardt’s work, Crüger composed musical settings for a number of Gerhardt’s songs. The two men became friends and jointly produced beautiful and meaningful religious music for years. One product of their collaboration was this hymn, "Awake, My Heart, with Gladness," first published in 1648. It has since become an Easter classic, and Crüger’s upbeat melody is perfect to celebrate Christianity’s Risen Savior.

Included in this arrangement are parts for two types of brass quintet: (1) 2 trumpets, horn in F, trombone and tuba and (2) 2 trumpets, two trombones and tuba. The tenor voice (horn or trombone 1) and trumpet 1 begin the piece, swapping melody and counterpoint between them. The second time through the tune, upper and lower brass take turns with the melody. The third iteration takes on a rondo-like form, and in the fourth, trumpet 1 and the tenor voice alternate with eighth note figures. Finally, trumpet 1 and the tenor voice first restate their opening, then are gradually joined by the other instruments in building to a joyous and triumphant close. Brass quintets with horn in F should use the parts labeled Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Trombone and Tuba. Those with two trombones should use the parts labeled Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trombone 1, Trombone 2 and Tuba.

Completed in 2012, this arrangement runs about 4 minutes, 10 seconds. The arranger, Les Smith, can be reached at For more arrangements by Les (such as "Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude [Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring])," enter "Sweetwater Brass Press" (without the quotation marks) in the SheetMusicPlus search box.

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