Concert Band - Grade 3
Composed by John O'Reilly. Concert Band; Performance Music Ensemble; Single Titles. Growing Band Series. Form: Fantasia. Folk; Hymn; Sacred. Part(s); Score. 268 pages. Alfred Music #00-17114. Published by Alfred Music (AP.17114).
Item Number: AP.17114
Based on the beautiful Irish hymn Be Thou My Vision, this brilliant fantasia presents a variety of musical styles that will challenge and stimulate the developing band. A broad, modal fanfare opens the work followed by a full ensemble statement of the hymn. A rapid 12/8 percussion ostinatato in the style of traditional Irish folk music sets up the second section and continues under the haunting Mixolydian melody. A drone-style accompaniment and interesting counter-melodies add to the excitement before the hymn returns in a glorious maestoso. This unique combination of musical elements makes for another thrilling and inspiring new work from John O'Reilly!