Traditional :: Battle Hymn

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  • Composer
    Traditional
  • Instrumentation
    4 Flutes
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [FQ167]
  • Editor
    Holcombe Jr, Bill (arr)
  • Orchestration
    4 fl; 3 fl, al fl
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Patriotic
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Battle Hymn
Traditional

Musicians Publications presents ‘Battle Hymn’ arranged for flexible flute quartet by Bill Holcombe Jr. Scored for 4 flutes, this flexible quartet also includes an optional alto flute part to replace flute 4 when necessary. This arrangement is intermediate in difficulty.

’On November 19, 1861, Julia Ward howe, abolitionist, poet, suffragist and wife of the noted physician and reformer Samuel Gridley howe, witnessed Gen. George McClellan’s grand military review in Washington, D.C. Inspired by that patriotic event and by the stirring melody of the marching song ‘John Brown’s Body’ that formed part of its music, Mrs. howe returned to her room at the Willard Hotel and set down some new verses for the melody: ‘Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.’ She worked by candlelight through the night, and finished her lyrics at dawn. The poem — Battle Hymn of the Republic — first appeared in the New York ‘Daily Tribune’ on January 14, 1862. By the end of the year, it had become one of the most beloved songs of the Union — President Lincoln is said to have wept the first time he heard it. The music now associated with the ‘Battle Hymn’ can be traced to the middle 1850s, when it was widely used as a Methodist camp meeting song under the title ‘Say, Brothers, Will You Meet Us?’. Soon after the song was published anonymously in the 1855 hymnal ‘Plymouth Collection', compiled by the well-known abolitionist preacher henry Ward Beecher, the Philadelphia organist and choirmaster William Steffe claimed that he had written the melody, but his authorship has never been proven conclusively. Sometime around 1860, the members of the second battalion of the Boston Light Infantry, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, fitted ‘Say, Brothers’ (one of the items in their regular hymn repertory) with new words chiding the battalion’s sergeant, John Brown. ‘John Brown’s Body’ proved to be a popular marching song with the 21st Regiment, which used it when receiving the colors on the Boston Common on July 18, 1861 and again a week later in a parade down Broadway in New York while on their way to the battlefields of Virginia. As the song gained greater currency, it became associated with a more famous John Brown — the head of the band of abolitionist zealots who raided harper’s Ferry on October 16, 1859 and who was hanged six weeks later in Charleston, Virginia. It became the outstanding song of the anti-slavery movement, and inspired many new verses. Julia Ward howe’s alone endure. The most familiar symphonic arrangement of ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ is by Peter J. Wilhousky (1902-1978), long-time Director of Music for the New York City Public Schools, an assistant to Toscanini and the NBC Symphony, and a noted lecturer and guest conductor.'

- Dr. Richard E. Rodda, 2009

  • Composer
    Traditional
  • Instrumentation
    4 Flutes
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [FQ167]
  • Editor
    Holcombe Jr, Bill (arr)
  • Orchestration
    4 fl; 3 fl, al fl
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Patriotic

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