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All Creatures of Our God and King (brass quintet)

This hymn, with the words of St. Francis of Assisi set to an early 17th century German tune, is one of the most famous of the church. In this arrangement, the brass is allowed to run the full range of dynamics from loud trumpet fanfare to an excited hush.

The opening fanfare provides a transitional motif throughout the piece. The opening stanza is in cut time with the low brass in the lead through much of the stanza. A contemplative bridge modulates up one step and transitions to a second stanza that switches frequently between cut time and 3/2 time. The third stanza is a reprise of the first stanza in the new key. A unique ending briefly puts the trumpet fanfare in 3/2 time with the low brass in a 6/4 feel, followed by a final grand Alleluia.

Scored for two trumpets, french horn, trombone, and tuba, the pdf includes a euphonium part that easily substitutes for the french horn. The tuba part is somewhat high and is easily played on a bass trombone. There is also a supplement available that contains brass band or "world parts" plus a C trumpet part that would actually allow you to use any combination of common wind band instruments. If you would like the supplement, email us after you have purchased this item and we will email it to you.

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All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising morn in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening find a voice,
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One,
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

St. Francis of Assisi, translated by William H. Draper

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MP3 sound sample: entire piece (synthesizer/midi).



ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING arranged by Tom Kirkland for brass quintet consisting of two trumpets, F horn or euphonium, trombone, and tuba, comes in a pdf file of 866K, with a seven-page score, six two-page parts, and a license page, twenty pages in all. Performance time should be about three minutes.


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