Part 1 - Home of the Brave (5 mins)
Achukma - Choctaw language
Dohiyi - Cherokee language
Chkenon - Onandaga language
Scan-o-nie - Wyandot (Huron) language
Sipala - Hopi language
Li-k’ei - Tlingit language
The Native American lands and its people are celebrated by a driving and optimistic Allegro dance theme:
As foreign visitors arrive the music begins to quiet. A wagon train of exhausted Europeans brings families, livelihoods and culture from far away lands. Within that culture are the Christian faith and the singing of hymns; How firm a foundation is heard for the first time on Flugelhorn and 1st Baritone. They bring hope that their lives and a new nation will be built on a firm foundation.
Fig. 3 - 'How Firm a Foundation', Flugel & 1st Baritone
Rarely when groups of people seek to live alongside each other is the journey smooth. The ongoing struggles between indigenous and foreign people around the world are acknowledged in this movement which closes out with further choric pleas for peace, and a lamenting Native American cry on the Flugelhorn. It concludes in a sombre, yet expectant mood.
The second part paints a picture of the modern day USA and speaks of the pursuit of liberty and opportunity. It opens with a stately section painted on an Eb major canvas. A Freedom theme is played by solo trumpet.
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,Tune my heart to sing thy grace;Streams of mercy, never ceasing,Call for songs of loudest praise.Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,Prone to leave the God I love;Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it,Seal it for thy courts above.Robert Robinson (1735-90)
Remembering its roots and its struggles, the new nation then gives thanks in a lyrical Thanksgiving hymn. This original melody increases in intensity as it is presented three times: first by Solo Euphonium, then by tenor horns and finally by the full ensemble.
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!What more can he say than to you he hath said,To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled:AnonSASB 653