Whitwell, Chorale Variations on “Vater unser im Himmelreich”

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This composition was composed as a gift for my friend and colleague, Dr. Ronald Johnson, of The University of Northern Iowa. Its origin lies in a concert I heard in the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig during which the school organist performed a set of variations by Mendelssohn on this hymn tune.

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Chorale Variations on “Vater unser im Himmelreich”
David Whitwell

Date: 2010
Duration: 6:30
Level: 4
Instrumentation: Concert Band

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This composition was composed as a gift for my friend and colleague, Dr. Ronald Johnson, of The University of Northern Iowa. Its origin lies in a concert I heard in the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig during which the school organist performed a set of variations by Mendelssohn on this hymn tune. It is one of Bach’s more melodic hymn tunes and it was also used as the basis of a very great composition in the band’s repertoire, the Angel’s Camp by Charles Cushing. It is a tune that seems to stay in my mind.