Music for Concert Band
 
 
 
May You Walk in Beauty  2015   Evan G. Chancellor
 
    For my wife, Hannah, who brings beauty and grace to our home.  This is an original work for band, the melody taken from a song I began writing some 10 years earlier for my wife.  The lyrics for the original song drew on the Navajo blessing "may you walk in beauty," referring to the Blessing Way prayer.  It is my hope that this piece may be a blessing to you, as it has been to my wife and I.
 
Grade 3
Performance time:  2:50
 
 
 
 
Jig for Band  2014   Evan G. Chancellor
 
   This piece began as a part of the larger work for orchestra “Jig and Reel”.  This version is written for young concert band. The melody is in the style of an Irish jig and is set in 6/8 in the key of F Major.  The quick, lively tune is played first in the flute with reeds sustaining a drone, creating the effect of a fife with bagpipes. The melody is then passed to the clarinets and then to the brass.  There is an alto sax feature which may be played as a solo or section soli.
 
Grade 3
Performance time:  1:40
 
 
 
 
Meditation  2014   Evan G. Chancellor
 
    This piece is an adaptation of a choral work by Chancellor, which is a meditation on I John 4:10.  This version is set for young band.  The harmony is conceived in 4 parts as in the choral work and is divided throughout the ensemble with a fair amount of doubling. The plaintive lyric melody begins in the clarinets and is passed to the brass and then to the flutes.  After featuring individual instrument groups, the piece culminates in a closing tutti section.
 
Grade 2
Performance time:  2:00
 
 
 
 
Song at Parting 2012   Traditional/ arr. Chancellor
 
   This piece is an arrangement for band of the American folk song “Shenandoah” and the Scottish folks song “Loch Lomond.” Drawing on the beauty of folk song and the power of that heritage is a hallmark of Mr. Chancellor’s music.  These two songs are both, as the title suggests, songs of parting ways.  They are songs reflecting the aching longing for those we have loved and particularly for a specific place with which the beloved is associated.  Also, despite originating on different continents these songs share a similar harmonic language that lends itself very well to this adaptation.
 
Grade 4
Performance time:  3:30
 
 
 
 
 
Over the Water   2010  Traditional/ arr. Chancellor
 
     The song “Waly, waly,” more popularly known as “the Water is Wide,” is a hauntingly beautiful melody that has been adapted in many ways.  There are several versions of the lyrics, varying from the original, whose bleak outlook on love is thought to be based on the tragic marriage of Lady Barbara Erskine and James Douglas, Marquess of Douglas, to the more hopeful versions which have been popularized in recent years.  This work is an adaptation of this lovely folk tune for young concert band.  It was premiered in the summer of 2010 by the advanced band at Hummingbird Music Camp.
 
Grade 3
Performance time:  4:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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