hymn with rich harmonies and suspensions opens this
fine work for beginning bands. As the lyrical melody
reaches a final cadence, the piece then moves into
a bombastic chant with a wealth of percussion. The
theme is presented in different textures and students
will explore the basic components of a fugue in an
easy setting. Listeners and performers alike will
be excited by the rhythmic drive of the percussion.
In addition, consider using the opening as a daily
chorale to work on intonation with your ensemble.