Whitwell, Chorale Variations

David Whitwell (b. 1937)

Chorale Variations on “Vater unser im Himmelreich” (2010) for Band

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.

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