This novelty piece presents two well-known Sunday School songs, "Jesus Loves Me" and "Deep and Wide" in an interesting battle much like a group of young children try to argue on what song to sing. The introduction and the bridge have an intentional flavor of a famous circus march.
This well-known piece by Claude Debussy is the eighth piece in the composer's first book of Préludes, written between late 1909 and early 1910. Each part has a few notes as possible with the goal of six notes. The Clarinet’s do not go over the break.
The Irish Blessing tends to refer to a specific blessing that may be used in a toast at weddings or gatherings. However, this Irish blessing is simply the most well known blessing. The Irish are actually quite famous for a number of blessings and curses, so the term Irish Blessing is something of a misnomer. This Irish Blessing is often attributed to St. Patrick, but that is likely confusion between the Irish Blessing and a much longer prayer called the "Breastplate of St. Patrick." The author is unknown, and even dating the Irish Blessing is difficult.
This is a well-known waltz which has been used for Circus trapeze acts for many years. It is originally a Mexican song titled, “Sobre Las Olas” (Over the waves). Although very famous in Mexico, it received a greater public knowledge when used in the film “The Great Caruso” (1951). A lovely song that includes an optional vocal part for the last section of the piece.
This is a wonderful rendition of our National Anthem written in marching band instrumentation with the Woodwinds taking the lead; the Trombones the third line; and finally the Trumpets on the last line. It contains the Damerosh insert and a unique ending as well as unique harmonies. It is a very lovely piece which can be used in the concert hall or on the field.
"The Stranger" is based on the "The Wayfaring Stranger" (aka "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" or "I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger"), is a well-known American spiritual/folk song likely originating in the early 19th century about a plaintive soul on the journey through life.
The Air for bass "The trumpet shall sound", marked "Pomposo". In the “Messiah” it is only instrumental solo. The trumpet provides motifs which the bass picks up. In "and we shall be changed", the word "changed" is treated in inventive ever-changing melismas of up to six measures. In the middle section, the word "immortality" is expressed in a lively melisma of first eight, then nine measures.