Trumph Series 1082 (publ. 2000)Duration: approx. 7:00 mins.
I spent a number of years worshipping at Penge corps, South London (UK) playing in a small-medium ensemble of typically 15 players. During that time I went through a period where I desired to write large-occasion music for smaller bands. During this period St Denio Variations came about, along with Hanover Variations, a Unity Series piece.
I have long been fascinated by the Welsh tune St. Denio and captivated by the words so often associated with it:
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908)SA Songbook 8 (Tune: St Denio TB 569)
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908)SA Songbook 8 (Tune: St Denio TB 569)
Sample score pages(right-click to download or open in a new window)
As the years went by the time came when I just simply had to write something... what we have today is the end result. Am I happy with it? Not really. This was the first piece I wrote with the aid of computer software. On reflection I think the flexibility this brings went to my head and simply, there's far too much in it: too much going on at the same time, too many ideas, just too much everything. I don't think it's a coincidence that I have not heard of many bands playing it on a regular basis. Having said that, the North York Temple Young People's Band - a group of competent young musicians - have given it a sterling reading in the YouTube video below.
The Army were gracious enough to publish St Denio Variations - for which I am thankful, but maybe someday I'll re-visit it and see if I can make it more accessible.
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