This lively holiday piece is based on two themes. The first is loosely based on the Lutheran Hymn "I Am So Glad when Christmas Comes." The second theme is the unpublished Christmas Carol, "Sing We Now in Exultation," written by the composer in the winter of 1966.
This piece is the first two sections from Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite.” The melodies are haunting and the tonality is a welcome change to the music. As few notes as possible are utilized with the base goal of 6 notes for each part.
The Pilgrims Chorus comes from the German opera Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner. The song represents the penitential journey of pilgrims as they travel to and from Rome to receive absolution. The noble aspirations of the penitents are embodied in this song, which sings the praises of God's mercy and the peace obtained by those who remit the debt of their sins.
This piece was written in memory of Lyle Lundstrom, Tuba player, most recently, for the Pomona Concert Band, Pomona, California; The Golden State British Brass Band, Southern California; and the La Mirada Symphony, La Mirada, California. A member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, he passed away in 2014.
This march in a minor mode is based on the Lutheran Hymn "Washed in the Blood of the Lamb." It is a teaching piece for the dotted-eighth sixteenth figure and written for the middle school string orchestra.