Nearer, My God, to Thee - Concert Band

Music by Lowell Mason, 1856 Arranged by Brendan Elliget MAGA 537
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"Nearer, My God, to Thee" is a 19th-century Christian hymn by Sarah Flower Adams, which retells the story of Jacob's dream. Genesis 28:11–12 can be translated as follows: "So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it…"

The hymn is well known, among other uses, as the alleged last song the band on RMS Titanic played before the ship sank. [Wikipedia]

“Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee! E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me; Still all my song shall be nearer, my God, to Thee, Chorus: Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!”

The hymn is usually sung to the 1856 tune "Bethany" by Lowell Mason.

This tune is used here for an arrangement for full concert band and has 6 verses: with two sets of repeats.

Verse 1: Woodwind only

Verse 2: Add most Brass

Verse 3: Woodwinds with Trumpet Solo

Verse 4: Tenor Soli (mostly Trombones)

Verse 5: Add counter-melody (Mostly Horns and Saxes)

Verse 6: Descant (with Lower Brass coming in halfway through the verse)

If you require a quieter version – just repeat Verses 1 to 3

There are parts for F and Eb Horns, Eb, Bb, and C Tubas – and an optional part for piano (Not on the score).

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Grade = 3.5 Duration = 4:20 mins (6 Verses)

Score ID
Music by Lowell Mason, 1856 Arranged by Brendan Elliget MAGA 537
Year of arrangement
Easy (Grades 1-3)
4 minutes
Concert band / wind band

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