"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the
inexpressible is music."
MEDIUM TO ADVANCED LEVEL
FANFARE FOR A
BRIGHT NEW WORLD
AND THE FLOWERS FELL/ Grade 5
Dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard and to all victims of hate crime, this was commissioned by Thomas Richardson and the Collierville Symphonic Band.
CATAMARAN / Grade 5
WHAT JOY SHALL FILL MY HEART / Grade 4.5
Commissioned by Aaron Gantt and the Lexington High School Symphonic Band, etc. etc. "What Joy Shall Fill My Heart" is dedicated to the composer’s mother and is based on a traditional Swedish melody set to an original text by Carl Boberg in 1885. Boberg, a Swedish editor and future politician, was walking home along the coast as a violent storm approached. Inspired by the rolling thunderstorm and calm thereafter, juxtaposed with the sound of distant church bells pealing, he wrote the poem “O Store Gud” (in English, “O Great God”). Once combined with the Swedish folk tune, his stanzas of awe and wonder gained popularity around the world, particularly following Stuart Hine’s 1953 translation to English, known as “How Great Thou Art.”