Eternal Father, Strong to Save

for Concert Band

Claude T. Smith

  • Grade: 5.5
  • Time: 6:55
  • Series: The Music of Claude T. Smith
  • Brand: Claude T. Smith Publications, Inc.
  • Year: 1975

Legendary composer W. Francis McBeth once said, “If Claude Smith only wrote the fanfare to “Eternal Father,” he would still be a legend. Smith takes the Navy’s hymn as the basis for his fanfare. This famous hymn tune, normally in the major key, has now been placed in the minor key then transitions to Allegro Vivace. The hymn tune is put through its paces including several variations and two fugatos (one for the woodwinds and one for brass). A short transition,(including the famous 7/8 measure!) to the now
well-known setting for French horn quartet, gives us an emotional rendition of the original hymn tune now in the major key. The full band plays the hymn, and a timpani roll takes us back to the original fanfare now in C major. A classic of literature and a composition which will provide a meaningful experience for musician and audience member alike.

Product SKU Price Quantity
Full set CTS-7709-00 $95.00
Extra full score CTS-7709-01 $11.00
Oversized, spiral-bound score CTS-7709-75 $30.00
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