I Will Sing (2014)

Unpublished
Duration: approx. 4:30 

It has been a thrill complete the transcription of this 1964 Cornet Solo by Bernard Verkaaik - one time Bandmaster of the Netherlands National Band, predecessor to the

The clever variation solo, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, was written for New York Staff Bandmaster Richard Holz and is based on the song 'I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever' by James Henry Fillmore. It is suitable for advanced-level soloists.

Bandmaster Verkaaik must have like this song as I have read online that at Camp Sunrise, a Salvation Army Camp in British Columbia, he worked with the band on a selection that contained this same song. 
 

Sample score pages
I will sing p6-7.pdf I will sing p6-7.pdf
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 Computer generated clip

I will sing ABRIDGED VERSION (clip).mp3

The piano score and soloist part were very kindly sent to me a couple of years ago by Dutch Salvationist William Sprokkereef and working-up the challenging piano score has been a significant task. Bandmaster Verkaaik was an accomplished pianist so, as you can imagine, the original piano accompaniment is quite intricate. This has inevitably meant some adjustments to make the music more accommodating for brass players.

Also, in a bid to make the work more accessible for the soloist, balanced in terms of structure and listenable for the audience, I have shortened the final 6/8 variation by 8 bars. This knocks only 15 seconds off the work, however that short segment of time equates to around 140 notes for the soloist!

I hope the solo will enable players and listeners alike to experience something of the unsurpassable joy that the faith-led life brings.  

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever, 
I will sing, I will sing. 
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever, 
I will sing the mercies of the LORD. 

With my mouth will I make known 
your faithfulness your faithfulness; 
With my mouth will I make known 
your faithfulness to all generations. 

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever, 
I will sing, I will sing. 
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever, 
I will sing the mercies of the LORD. 

J. H. Fillmore
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