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Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (woodwind quartet)

One might well expect an arrangement of William Bradbury's hymn tune BRADBURY, commonly set to the words "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us," to be as smooth as butterscotch topping. Perhaps that is why Dan Pinkston's arrangement for woodwind quartet is so much fun.

Set for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, this piece is a study in varied rhythms and contrast between staccato and slurred figures. One can almost imagine sheep heading across a hillside, each in its own direction, as the individual woodwind parts accelerate ahead and then pause phrase by phrase.

High school players will find this piece a challenge, as much of the intricate rhythm counting occurs during rests, and there are many places where an unwary player who misses a time signature change will find him- or herself with an unintentional solo. Almost all college players will easily handle this piece.

This piece is fun to play, and a refreshing change of pace that is idiomatically very modern and quite different from your average woodwind quartet fare. In short, it is offered here because we find it quite musical and interesting, and it is likely that you will too.

Dan Pinkston teaches composition at Simpson College in Redding, California, and plays both clarinet and guitar.

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

SAVIOR, LIKE A SHEPHERD LEAD US for woodwind quartet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon), arranged by Dan Pinkston, comes in a PDF file of 1736K that contains a seven page score, four parts of two pages each, and a license page, sixteen pages in all. Performance time should be around 2:30.

The majority of our sheet music pieces use electronically-produced demos on the item pages. We would much prefer to use actual recordings, so if you email us a digital recording or link to an online video and we end up using it as a demo on our site (fully credited), we will send you a coupon code good for US$25 toward your next purchase from our site.

Many of our sheet music licenses state that the purchaser does not have the right to record the work. We have modified our policy on this, and unless the license page states that you must obtain permission from a party other than to record the work, we will allow a small number (less than 50) of copies of an audio or video recording of a live performance to be made and distributed and/or posted to a free web site for viewing/listening, so long as, the composer, arranger, and lyricist are credited.


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