Be Thou My Vision
Item #: B-B04406
This bundle includes:
1. A digital PDF of the Teacher Resource Guide from the Teaching Music textbook
2. An mp3 recording of the work
The work is heartfelt, expressive, and hopefully inspiring. The hymn tune, Slane, is one of my favorites and inspired me to compose a countermelody which is likened to an old Irish ballad. Since Slane is, in fact, an old Irish ballad, the two tunes share this unique camaraderie. The work is a sort of “fantasy” on the hymn tune and presents it on two levels: one mysterious and the other dramatic. The piece opens with a medieval-like flavor of reverence leading to the first presentation of Slane. This is followed by the newly composed Irish ballad, which is “sung” by the flute. This leads to a dramatic statement of Be Thou My Vision. The work is interrupted by a prayerful interlude. Following is the marriage of the two Irish tunes that grows to a glorious climax and then subsides. An ascent into heaven closes the work.