God Of Our Fathers for Brass Ensemble Arranged by Jari Villanueva, based on an arrangement by Floyd Werle
Score 3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion
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God of Our Fathers” is a 19th-century American hymn, written in 1876 for the 100th anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence celebration in Brandon, Vermont. The hymn (text) was written by Daniel Crane Roberts and the hymn tune (music) was written by George William Warren. The hymn tune is called “National Hymn”
The hymn was written by Daniel Crane Roberts. Roberts (b. Bridgehampton, Long Island, NY, 1841; d. Concord, NH, 1907) was educated at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio and when the Civil War started in 1861 he joined the Union Army as a member of the 84th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Roberts, who in 1876 was serving as rector of St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal churches in Brandon, was asked to write a song for the people to sing during the Centennial celebration. He agreed to do so and the result was “God of Our Fathers.”
The music for the hymn was composed by George William Warren. Warren (b. Albany, NY, 1828; d. New York, 1902) received his general education at Racine College in Wisconsin, but as a musician he was largely self-trained. An organist in a number of Episcopal churches, he played the organ for thirty years (1870-1900) at St. Thomas Church in New York City. Warren composed anthems and liturgical service music; his hymn tunes were collected in Warren’s Hymns and Tunes as Sung in St. Thomas Church (1888).