No. 2146 March – We’re marching on (Eiliv Herikstad)
This march is in the form of a medley and was written for Askim Band’s 70th anniversary concert, as a surprise encore; instead of an old march, the audience got a new march they had never heard before.No. 2147 Gigue – Alleluia, Amen! (Brian Hogg)
The ‘gigue’, a lively folk dance, originated in the British Isles and migrated to France in the mid-17th century during the Baroque period. While it was probably never a court dance, it was use at social occasions by nobility and used as a musical form by court composers; aspects of that form are maintained in this current work.
‘Alleluia, Amen!’ maintains the character of a lively dance and combines with the hymn tune, ‘Spanish Chant’ (T.B. 315). The tune, attributed to Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855), is also known as ‘Madrid’ and is associated with words by Christian Henry Bateman (1813-1889).
The words are joyful and optimistic and the resounding response, ‘Alleluia, Amen!’, completes each phrase of the lyrics.
‘Come, Christians, join to sing
Loud praise to Christ our King;
Let all, with heart and voice,
Before his throne rejoice;
Praise is his gracious choice.
No. 2148 In God’s presence (Andrew Blyth)No. 2149 Festival March – Spirit of discovery (Steven Ponsford)
The song, ‘Bow the knee’, is combined here with the older, ‘All there is of me’, to provide a piece which evokes, through music, the sense of God’s presence in our lives.
Two Sidney Cox songs, the chorus ‘He found me’ and ‘God’s love to me is wonderful’ are featured in this lively Festival March.