American Festival Series, September 2013

Numbers 47 – 50
Produced by the USA Central Territory
Staff Bandmaster William Himes, Music & Gospel Arts Secretary
Brian Bowen, editor

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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)

Difficulty: 8.

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)

Difficulty: 7.

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)

Difficulty: 6.

A sensitive setting of Donna Adkins’ well-loved hymn of adoration and worship.

Submitted by William Himes