Numbers 47 – 50
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The 2013 American Festival Series features the following titles. Difficultly ratings are based on Instrumental Index levels 1 – 9.
47. Transcription – March Triomphale (Sigfrid Karg-Elert, arr. William Himes)
With optional organ. Difficulty: 6.
The music of Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877 – 1933) represents a peak of late Romantic music in its emotional intensity, variety of styles and imaginative use of resources. A virtuoso organist, this piece is among the composer’s best-known and most lasting works.
48. Rhapsody – To Worlds Unknown (Stephen Bulla)
This exciting music is based primarily on melodic fragments from the song “Will your anchor hold?”, depicting the “storms of life” and the persistent question of drifting or standing firm. A reflective setting which follows features “Rock of Ages” (solo flügelhorn) and portrays the eternal reward of the faithful, as expressed in words by Augustus Toplady:
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let my hide myself in Thee.
This challenging work concludes with a triumphant return to the opening chorus:
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll.
49. Solo for Flügelhorn/Trumpet (or Cornet) – Garments of Peace (Robert Redhead)
An expressive devotional solo featuring “The Prayer of St. Francis” by Sebastian Temple interwoven with the composer’s original chorus, “Please clothe me, Lord”.
50. Song Arrangement – Glorify Thy Name (Gerald Shoults)
A sensitive setting of Donna Adkins’ well-loved hymn of adoration and worship.
Submitted by William Himes