Like a River Glorious

For Orchestra

Like a River Glorious is a brief once-through of the traditional hymn tune WYE VALLEY meant to be ready to play in one rehearsal. It depicts the order, peace, and timelessness of God’s eternal kingdom with a sense of perpetual movement through the metaphor of a grand and majestic river. Readily playable by your school age musicians yet colorful and interesting enough to satisfy your most experienced players, Like a River Glorious fits perfectly into your services as prelude, postlude, or transitional musical worship while still being suitable for academic or civic concert settings.

Duration: ~1’50”





Opening from and closing into gentle whispers over a snare ostinato and steady quarter note pulses in the low voices, the dynamic swell and ebb of this setting of WYE VALLEY depicts all the majestic, stately, abiding grandeur of a mighty river and, despite its brevity, portrays a sense of perpetuity. And this in itself is a metaphor of the order, peace, and timelessness of God’s eternal kingdom. With a short introduction and conclusion the music takes one turn through the WYE VALLEY melody to create an orchestral prelude from the graceful tune. “Like a River Glorious” is meant to be ready to play in one sitting and so can be added to your program with little fuss. It functions well as a liturgical prelude or postlude or it would be well-fitted to a transitional role, even in a secular setting.

Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet + Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax (optional)
Horn in F 1, 2,, Bb Trumpet 1, 2 Trombone 1, 2, Bass Trombone, Tuba
Timpani, Snare Drum


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