Temple Visions (2002)

General Series 2028 (publ. 2005)
Duration: approx. 3:20

In 2002 Hadleigh Temple Band requested a march to be written for the forthcoming opening of the corps’ new building in February 2003. The request was “something along the lines of Leslie Condon’s Celebration” (FS 311) - quite a challenge!  The best I could do was to make the final section (letter G onwards) similar to that impressive march; my own personal salute to Major Condon’s and his work among Salvation Army bands. 

The similarities don’t end there, however: The title of this march is intentionally similar to a work of Major Condon’s published in the festival series in recent years (I actually entitled the march Temple Vision but the change was made for publication) and there are references to Festivity (FS 439) from bar 51 onwards.  

The songs Happy people (letter B) and Come ye disconsolate (letter D) are featured themes in the music, emphasising the mission of The Salvation Army and the priority that should be given to prayer before, during and after all Salvationists do in Jesus’ name.

Happy we who trust in Jesus,
Sweet our portion is and sure;
When despair or doubt would seize us,
By his grace we shall endure.

Happy people,
Happy, in his love secure!

Thomas Kelly (1769-1855)
SA Songbook 722 (Tune: Happy People TB 416)

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish,
Come, at the mercy seat fervently kneel;
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish,
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
SA Songbook 236 (Tune: Come, ye disconsolate TB 634) 

Recording by the
Melbourne Staff Band
from their album
Let Everything Praise! (2006)

Temple Visions.mp3

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The final song, Lead on, O King eternal is a prayer of commitment to future direction and leadership.

Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come,
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home.
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.

Henry Smart (1813-79)
SA Songbook 977 (American supplement)

I have heard this piece played live only twice, both times without even being in the room. The first time was via mobile phone as Hadleigh Temple Band played it at the opening of the new Temple building in 2003. The other time was in July 2011 when I had the amazing experience of watching the live webcast of the Southern USA TMI's final concert. I was able to sit at my laptop and watch and listen to the Longino Band play Temple Visions as the first item on the programme. I was 4,000 miles away but hummed along and applauded as the audience applauded - a surreal but thrilling experience.

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