"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.
Two of the most familiar themes from this ballet are displayed here: the “Main Title” theme and the “4 Swans” theme. The recapitulation states the main theme in a major mode which is accurate to the original.
A delightful medley of four well known beginning band method songs: “Hot Cross Buns,” This Old Man,” Wild Horses,” and “A Grandfather Clock.” The composer spent ten years teaching beginning band and these are his four favorite tunes. There are interesting variations and modal chord progressions throughout the piece. An excellent concert piece where the students can play tunes they already know in a little more challenging arrangement.
This piece is a fantasia combining two very familiar hymns: “Be Thou My Vision” and “All Creatures of My God and King.” The piece can be played without handbells and is very fine sounding standing by itself. But, if handbells or handchimes are available, they will add a wonderful new element to this piece. The handbell part is well cued in the cornets.