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Brass Band:  Terms:  Each item $35.00 for standard 28 piece contest band OR $45 for bound score and up to 35 parts of your choosing -  unless otherwise priced - extra parts $2.00 each.  Please see:
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NOTE:    All of our regular brass band scoring configures to Salvation Army standards of: Festival (full band), General (cue options), Triumph (smaller bands) and New York (full band or small band with optional parts)  Journals.  We will write for the English contest band configuration only on demand for commissions.

     Meditation - Abiding Presence - Festival scoring, based on Abide With Me, medium difficulty, approx. 3:30, moody with triumphant ending.  Dedicated to my dear friend of many decades, Victor Danielson, Jr.   Also available for piano or organ solo.

      Ante Bellum Rhapsody - This is a prequel to Leidzen's great "Post Bellum Rhapsody".  It delves into the attitudes of the period leading to the civil War.  Click here to read the complete score notes.    Play it with a click!   (Approx. 7:00 quite demanding - $60.00 bound score and 36 parts of your choice.)

     March -  The Antiquary  - This happy "continental-circus-polka-march" is dedicated to my good friend and colleague from my days in Leonard B. Smith's great band, Sousa's biographer, Dr. Paul E. Bierley.  Paul was a mainstay on tuba whilst I held down the euphonium seat.  I tried to capture his happy, good nature in this march.  Read More About It!    Play it!  
   
     Meditation – Blessed Assurance (Salvation Army Eastern USA scoring, based on a piano piece by the late Emil Soderstrom, medium difficulty, approx 4:30, medium difficulty, rich classical beauty.)

    Meditative Study - The Call of Christ  explores two old hymns: "Jesus calls Us; o'er the tumult", and "Come Ye Disconsolate".  It is a tribute to the late Bernard Smith.  It illustrates the plaintive beckoning of Jesus over the chasm human arrogance, indifference and desolation created when Jesus' call is ignored.  Mostly thin scoring and reflective moods, however the dynamic range is from ppp to ff.  Approx. 5:00, moderately difficult.  (see home page for full notes and MP3 reference recording).   
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    Rhapsody on Negro Spirituals - Cavalcade of Courage - SA New York scoring (can be played with full or small band), features Little David, Swing Low, Nobody Knows, Were You There?, Joshua Fit De Battle, Conceptual difficulties, approx. 5:20, some tender moments and some razzle-dazzle at the end.    Click for a listen!

    March – Chicago Belmont Corps (C.B.C.) - Emil Soderstrom - Triumph Series [small band with optional extra parts] scoring.  This march features the hymn tune Belmont but in 4/4  time! The march features a clever opening motive figure didactically using the notes C.B.C. for "Chicago Belmont Corps".  It is a moderately difficult classic Soderstrom march, approx 2:40, I commissioned this for a concert salute to Emil in 1967. It is good fun as is all of his music.     Read More About Emil   Listen to This Gem of a March!

    Song Setting – Christ Is All  -  General Series scoring, based on Salvation Army song of the same name.  I used the playing of this simple tune to reward the members of the infamous Salvation Army Cambridge Citadel Silver Band for a job very well done.  I used it sparingly.  Bandsman Mark R. Keeler requested this arrangement in remembrance of those day of heroic service long ago - it is dedicated to him.  Not difficult, 3:40, ends with very touching unison vocal of the chorus.    Click and Meditate on Our Lord

    CHRISTmas Toccata - "Desert Fleet"   This is a rollicking and humor-filled exposition of I Saw Three Ships (both tunes in counterpoint!) with a humorous intrusion of The Navy Hymn.  "We Three Kings" are sent to the corner of the sand dune for impudent behavior!  – approx. 1:30, SA Eastern Territory Scoring, moderately difficult.   Listen to the scamp!

     March - Harvard Square – Open Air (Festival Scoring, based on Salvation Army Song O Boundless Salvation, conceptual difficulties, approx.2:40, modern use of quartal harmony and clusters, a satirical look at the battle for position between tradition and a new age world.  Dedicated to Brigadier Joseph Kittle)   Click to hear this quirky little march   (will take some time to load)

    March – Kids For Christ! - (Scored for small band, this fun little march features Stand Up for Jesus and Count Your Blessings. It is just good fun and a good witness for young people to play. Not very difficult. approx. 1:20)   (See Concert Band Catalog for sound link.)

    March – Lewisham – Emil Soderstrom (This is a typical Soderstrom march, with all of the dynamic challenges and details. It incorporates the tune Come Thou Fount. It is typically difficult and typically rewards the effort. approx. 2:40.   Read about Dr. Soderstrom

    Meditation - Simeon, Man of God   This was written as a tribute to a man of God close to me, my dearest friend and mentor, Irwin Fischer.   Moderately difficult, approx. 5:40.  Click Here to Listen  Click Here to Read about the Piece      Read Mr. Fischer's biography

    Prelude On Ellers  - I was walking down Michigan Avenue in Chicago just before I was to move to Cambridge, Massachusetts to assume the position of Bandmaster of the renowned Cambridge Citadel Silver Band.   I was to meet my lifelong best friend and mentor, Irwin Fischer, for lunch at our club, The Cliff Dwellers, atop Chicago's Orchestra Hall.  It was a glorious day, tinged by the bittersweet reminder that these almost-daily lunch meetings would soon come to an end.  Nonetheless, the words "How wonderful it is to walk with God" and the tune Ellers came to  mind.  None walked more closely with God than did Irwin Fischer.  Bach's last chorale prelude also washed over me and Prelude on Ellers had all but written itself.  I pulled out my little musical sketchbook and jotted down some essentials and scurried off for a fine lunch with my dear friend.  I dedicated it to him as a farewell gift, which touched him deeply.  It is available from Salvationist Publishing and Supplies as well.

    Postlude – Randolph - (Festival scoring. The Anglican tune for “God Be With You” is the theme of this 2:00 postlude. It covers the emotions of such partings and ends in reverential quietude. It is not difficult but does require sensitivity.  Dedicated to Irwin Fischer)

    March – Resounding Joy! (Festival Band Scoring, symphonically based on the phrase “repeat the sounding joy” from Joy to the World, it also incorporates bits of Good King Wenseslas, not very difficult once the concept is understood, approx 2:10, just a good Christmas frolic which pokes a little fun at the ever-present parade marshal and his clipboard and whistle.  Dedicated to B/M Peggy Thomas)   Click Here To Listen

    March – Unshackled!   (Festival scoring, based on the Anti-Smoking Song of The Salvation Army and He Is Able To Deliver, conceptual difficulties (e.g. quintal harmony - based on fifths rather than the usual tetrian based on thirds, approx. 2:45, a fun look at a kooky old period-song from the Anti-Smoking League of the late 1800’s.  Dedicated to The Cambridge Citadel Silver Band)    (Click here for a sound link)

    Warrior Requiem – That we May Remember (Festival scoring with male and female narrators, contains snippets of many old Salvation Army songs, quite difficult especially because of unfamiliar sonorities, approx. 9:45, a very deep, unusual and touching concert salute to departed heroes using traditional requiem sections but with a more triumphant Salvation Army perspective.  Dedicated to Brigadiers Robert and Nellie Getz)    ($60 bound score and 35 parts)

     Chorale Prelude Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein (This was Bach's last composition, written literally on his death bed just before he died.  He dictated it to his son-in-law!  The two sets of words associated with the chorale are When in the hour of utmost need and Before Thy Throne I Stand.  How fitting an end for such a life! Study of the construction will reap great rewards.  Serenity might be a good name for it. Not overly difficult other than the demands for sustaining through phrases.  Also available for brass quartet, quintet and as a solo with piano or organ accompaniment. Approx.3:50.)

      Descriptive March – Wonderland – Irwin Fischer (This is a wonderfully atypical march written for The Salvation Army’s Central Music Institute in the 1950’s. It is based on a tune by Fischer with words by Sallie Chesham “God is Guiding”. It uses the “wonder” interval of the tritone as a motto theme and masterfully weaves all the themes into counterpoint at the end. It is scintillating and majestic at the same time. It may well be the first piece to use the muted alto horn. It relies heavily on a solid solo horn player throughout (Fischer had the redoubtable hornist Howard Chesham to write for in those days.)    Check Out Mr. Fischer's Bio

    March -  Kids For Christ!  - (This is a little march wherein the first theme is the kids' expression of Stand Up For Jesus, which is followed by the parents' response . . . Count Your Blessings.   It is pure fun, for small band, quite easy, approx.1:30.) (See Concert Band Catalog for a sound link of this.)

      Scherzo - Two If By Sea  - This is a jocular romp through the midnight ride of Paul Revere.  Rule Britannia, The Royal Grenadiers, Yankee Doodle and even a confused bugler playing a mix of Reveille and Pop Goes The Weasel  are heard severally and in counterpoint (in more than one key!).   This is a bit difficult for band and conductor, but not for the audience.  Approx. 3:20     Buckle up . . . "click it" to listen                                                                         

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Music For Beginners' Bands
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We strive to stay in the mid-voice range and not offer too much at once.
All pieces come with Bb and Eb parts and full score, others available upon request.   We write "easy" music, not "simple".

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        Jesus Loves Me  - This is a set of easy variations progressively growing more difficult.  Approx. 2:00    This was written for Ken Davis' San Diego Philharmonic Junior Band.

        Strong Promise!  - This is a March written on Jesus Loves Me! and Every Promise In The Book Is Mine!  The tunes are even heard in counterpoint to each other!   Approx. 1:20, comes with optional 5th Bb part (cornet or trombone).  Moderately difficult, featuring some "grown-up" sonorities!    Commissioned by The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division.   Play the little rascal!

        Teach Me How To Love Thee - This is a tender treatment of this old favorite Sunday School chorus.  Not too challenging, but needing a fairly strong 3rd part.  Approx. 1:50 _____________________________________

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     Medley - And Not to Yield  was commissioned for a Martin Luther King Celebration in Phoenix 2005, this piece contains Little David Play on Your Harp, Swing Low, Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen, Were You There?, Joshua Fit De Battle, and We Shall Overcome.  It is for Eb cornet, two Bb cornets, two horns, two trombones, euphonium and tuba. Approx. 5:10, it ranges in mood from very sober to almost riotous, ending with a triumphant shout. It is moderately difficult.  Dedicated to Ken Davis   Fasten Your Seat Belt as You listen!

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        A Shepherd Psalm -  A Meditative Pastoral - This was written for the Quincy Salvation Army Band and features two different tunes commonly used for the paraphrase of Psalm 23 from the 1650 Scottish Psalter - "The Lord's my Shepherd".   It gives glimpses of the dark valley, David playing his reed flute, the panic of frightened sheep, but mostly the comforting assurance that our Shepherd, Christ Jesus, is always with us.  Approx 2:50  Fairly easy.   (doubling of instruments makes it even more effective).    Meditate with the sounds by clicking here

        (Christmas Triptych:  Special price for whole triptych, $45.00)

    I. Intrada   Based on Fairest Lord Jesus and Joy to the World this abstract fanfare paves the way for the Christmas Suite and Nativity Potpourri, or it can stand alone. Approx. :50, moderately difficult.  Dedicated to Barbara Jean Jennings Getz.  Single item.

    II. Christmas Suite (Single item - Dedicated to Jean Christiana Marion Getz)

    1. Pilgrimage   This unusual treatment appropriately treats We Three Kings using the pentatonic tonality. It depicts the star trek toward Bethlehem, complete with an interruption by King Harod. It leads seamlessly into Idyll. approx.1:50, not difficult technically.

    2. Idyll    This uses a cluster sonority on the tritone as a backdrop for an unusual treatment of Silent Night  in 4/4/ time! It is quite serene and pulls one out of the prosaic treatments of this lovely song, approx. 1:55, not technically difficult.

    3. Celebration!   Based on God Rest you merry, Gentlemen it is a frolicking dance that is so energy packed that it fairly bursts with exuberance. approx. :55, just fun, not hard.    Listen with a Click!

    III. Nativity Potpourri    This is a gentle medley superimposed on suggestions of Wagner’s Christmas piece Siegfried Idyll. Woven into that tapestry are fragments of Away In A Manger (two different tunes), Deck The Halls, Silent Night, Joy To The World, Intrada, and O Little Town Of Bethlehem. It is every bit as tender as Wagner’s masterpiece. It is as though the tunes are being played somewhere else and the breeze wafts a little of this one, then that in a lovely fragmentation that leaves very little out. approx. 2:30, not difficult.  Dedicated to Robert Christian Jennings Getz.  Single item.     Listen to it with a click!

       CHRISTmas Toccata   This is a rollicking and humor-filled exposition of I Saw Three Ships (both tunes in counterpoint!) with a humorous intrusion of The Navy Hymn – approx. 1:50, moderately difficult.    Click Here to Play it. 

      Star Spangled Banner This is a rousing treatment which attempts to reflect the words to the first verse . . . "bombs bursting", etc. It is not for the feint-of-heart as players, but will have the crowd appropriately on their feet.  Play the reference recording 

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    March – Resounding Joy!   2 cornets, horn, trombone and tuba. Symphonically based on the phrase “repeat the sounding joy” from Joy to the World, it also incorporates bits of Good King Wenseslas, not very difficult once the concept is understood, approx 2:10, just a good Christmas frolic.

    Chorale Prelude Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein   This was Bach's last composition, written literally on his death bed just before he died.  He dictated it to his son-in-law!  The two sets of words associated with the chorale are When in the hour of utmost need and Before Thy Throne I Stand.  How fitting an end for such a life! Study of the construction will reap great rewards.  Serenity might be a good name for it. Not overly difficult other than the demands for sustaining through phrases.  Also available as brass band, quartet, and as a solo with piano or organ accompaniment. Approx.3:50.   Listen to the quintet!

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     Cambridge Christian Temperance Union March  Written around two old Salvation Army songs: Can a Poor Drunkard Come to Jesus? and I’ll Never Go Back Anymore! this is just good fun. approx. 2:10, not very difficult.   Click for Some Fun!

    CHRISTmas Toccata   This is a rollicking and humor-filled exposition of I Saw Three Ships (both tunes in counterpoint!) with a humorous intrusion of The Navy Hymn – approx. 1:50, moderately difficult.  
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    March -  Resounding Joy!   This is a fun little Christmas march written first for Salvation Army band and then adapted to several other mediums.  About 2:10, moderate difficulties.  Click to Listen

    Chorale Prelude Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein  This was Bach's last composition, written literally on his death bed just before he died.  He dictated it to his son-in-law!  The two sets of words associated with the chorale are When in the hour of utmost need and Before Thy Throne I Stand.  How fitting an end for such a life! Study of the construction will reap great rewards.  Serenity might be a good name for it. Not overly difficult other than the demands for sustaining through phrases.  Also available for brass band, quintet, and as a solo with piano or organ accompaniment. Approx.3:50.   

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         Nativity Potpourri   (Here arranged for one high instrument and two low with piano.  Please see sextet to listen)  This is a gentle medley superimposed on suggestions of Wagner’s Christmas piece Siegfried Idyll. Woven into that tapestry are fragments of Away In A Manger (two different tunes), Deck The Halls, Silent Night, Joy To The World, Intrada, and O Little Town Of Bethlehem. It is every bit as tender as Wagner’s masterpiece. It is as though the tunes are being played somewhere else and the breeze wafts a little of this one, then that, in a lovely fragmentation that leaves very little out. approx. 2:30, not difficult.  Dedicated to Robert Christian Jennings Getz.  Single item.

        March – Resounding Joy!  One high Bb, two low Bb’s and piano. Symphonically based on the phrase “repeat the sounding joy” from Joy to the World, it also incorporates bits of Good King Wenseslas, not very difficult once the concept is understood, approx 2:10, just a good Christmas frolic.  
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        Duet - Silent Night  For one treble instrument and one bass cleff with piano.  This is a serene, pastoral, contrapuntal treatment of the traditional favorite song.  Not very difficult.  Approx. 3:15   Hear it with Clarinet and Bassoon 

      
 Trombone trio (unaccompanied) Who Is On The Lord's Side?  - Emil Soderstrom   This dates back at least fifty years in my experience.  Emil gave it to me when he was running a little music business on the side while he was Head Staff Arranger for NBC.  He called the business Evangelistic Specialties and employed Victor Hedgren to work with him.  This is one of three manuscripts for trombone trio that may well exist nowhere else.  It is of moderate difficulty, featuring some interesting contrary-motion glissandos with a sort of machinegun figure emerging, and takes about 2:20 to perform.   Have a Listen!       

        Trombone trio (unaccompanied)  O Zion Haste    - Emil Soderstrom    This is one of three trios Emil gave me over fifty years ago.   Other than the first trombone being rather high throughout, it offers few difficulties and has a rather arresting introduction.  Approx. 3:30

        Victory Through Grace  -  Emil Soderstrom - Trombone trio (unaccompanied)  This is arguably the most difficult of the three trios resurrected from "death by filing cabinet".  The first trombone part has but about 25 notes that are not above the staff!!   It is well worth the effort in terms of real music contained in the piece.   approx 3:50

        Trombone trio - Wonderful Grace - Earl Stubbs  -  Earl was a Salvation Army officer in Chicago who also wrote music for the old favorite radio show, Don McNeil's Breakfast Club. Written on the song Wonderful The Matchless Grace of Jesus, this was created in the 1950's for a trio of Salvation Army officers that used the title The Heralds.   It is perfect for an evangelistic meeting and will have them singing in the isles of the tent.  Lots of triple tonging and joyous pizzazz!   Approx. 3:50, moderately difficult.  Piano accompaniment. 

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      The Challenge, Trumpet Solo by Eric Ball, OBE  This classic and classical sonata allegro movement was commissioned.  For a complete article on it, please  Click Here.

        Kids For Christ!  - This is a little march wherein the first theme is the kids' expression of "Stand Up For Jesus", which is followed by the parents' response . . . "Count Your Blessings."  It is pure fun. For small band, quite easy, approx.1:30.  $15    Click Here To Hear It!

        Blessed Assurance  -  This is a meditation on the favorite old hymn by Emil Soderstrom.  It was first written in 1951 as a piano solo which was so very difficult it received little attention.  I created a simplified version of the piano version and now have scored it for both brass an concert bands.  This is level 4 scoring, with all vital parts cued and/or doubled.  Moderate difficulty - approx. 4:20.   $25   Listen To Dr. Soderstrom's Piece

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Selected Hymn arrangements by Bob Getz:   Each piano solo in this section is $5 unless otherwise marked.  Please see:
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    Aberystwyth - A simple fugue-like treatment of this good tune. approx. 1:40,
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    Abiding Presence – Moderately difficult, approx. 3:30, a meditation on Abide With Me with Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow interspersed, big ending.  Also available for brass band and for organ solo.)

    Afirmation –  An easy meditation on Day By Day, approx. 2:10, a fresh look at a beloved old tune.  Dedicated to Wesley D. Morris.

    Aspiration –  An easy flowing treatment of To Be Like Jesus, approx. 2:20  Dedicated to Barbara Jean Jennings Getz.    Play this piano solo

    Ataraxies  – An easy and flowing rendering of Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus approx. 2:40   Dedicated to Barbara Jean Jennings Getz.    You can listen . . .

    Blessed Assurance
– Emil Soderstrom’s transcendently beautiful treatment of this favorite hymn is available in two versions. One is the original which is very difficult and contains some tremolo passages that are period-specific and now out of vogue. However, they can be made effective if a triplet pattern is applied. I have crafted a much simpler version, absent the cadenza material, tremolos, and huge fist-full spans. It only misses the virtuoso aspects of the original. Very moving. approx. 5:51

       Communion - A French application of the hymn tune Spohr, approx. 2:00, moderately difficult.

    Contrition - A moderately easy, thought provoking meditation on St. Clements approx. 3:00  Dedicated to Valary Dobney.

    A Christmas Lullaby - Away In A Manger  - A gentle and easy treatment of the traditional tune.  approx. 1:45    Play it!

    Dawning - Modestly difficult arrangement centered on When You Know Him approx. 2:00  Dedicated to Colonel D. P. Leader.

    Dead Reckoning - A simple treatment of the tune St. Peter - In Christ There is No East Nor West, approx 1:20

    Desideratum - A Chopinesque yielding of My Desire To Be Like Jesus and I surrender All, all in about 1:30, moderately difficult.  Dedicated to Robert Ferrantelli.

    Emmanuel - A rather lyrical and transcendent statement of Silent Night, approx. 3:10, a little harder than it sounds.    Play it!

    Entreaty -  An ethereal interpretation of Sweet Will Of God, approx. 2:10   Dedicated to Herbert Hoskins.

    Exaltation! - Praise To The Lord The Almighty in a fugal style – approx. 2:27, moderately difficult.  Dedicated to Dr. James Didier.

    Floodtide of Redemption -  A thoughtful and slightly complicated arrangement of Come Thou Fount - technically easy but some concepts to overcome, approx. 2:40, thoughtful, triumphant and a pensive ending.  Dedicated to Henrietta Van Meekeren.   (Click here to listen to it)  (will take a few minutes to load)
   
    Fuga Sereno - A contrapuntal treatment of the tune Repton - Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind, approx. 2:20, the modest difficulties can be worked out with practice.  Dedicated to Becky Roberts.

    FuguEwingEwing is the subject of this little fuguelike piece of approx. 1:20, not very difficult.   Dedicated to Dr. Robert Lodine.

    God’s Mercy - Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone, The Cross Is Not Greater Than His Grace and just a hint of Take Up Thy Cross comprise the substance of this challenging look at The Passion of our Lord, approx. 2:36 this is a graphically descriptive piece, rather challenging (sometimes chilling) to the player and listener.   (Click here to listen to it)  (Will take a few minutes to load)

    Gratitude - Thank You Lord For Saving My Soul is featured here in a simple and placid way, approx. 2:40  Dedicated to Barbara Jean Jennings Getz.

    Invitation - Come Into My Heart, Lord Jesus is the theme of this “music box” piece of very little difficulty, approx.1:41   Dedicated to Jean C. M. Getz and Robert C. J. Getz.

    Love’s Descent - Spirit Of God Descend Upon My Heart is hauntingly depicted here, easy to play, approx. 2:50   Dedicated to Dr. Paul Satre.

    Majesty - My God, How Wonderful You Are is a challenging thought as is this piece, approx. 3:08  Dedicated to Janice Overzet.

    My Heaven - My heaven is a beautiful but not well known song by the Salvation Army composer Emil Soderstrom, hopefully this Stephen Fosterish treatment will afford it more hearings, approx. 2:00

    Passecaille - This treats the tune French - How Sweet The Name of Jesus Sounds in a haunting and tense arrangement which ends in serenity, approx. 2:20, moderately difficult.  Dedicated to Barbara Roberts.

    Petition - Thy Will Fulfill In Me, Lord is treated in a dark, Wagnerian way in this thought filled but easy piece, approx. 2:40

    Precious Name - Precious Name - Take The Name of Jesus With You is herein in the style of Erik Leidzen, approx. 2:35, moderate difficulties.    Play It!

    Quietude - This is not a difficult piece and is quite reflective on the tune Fewster approx. 2:00   Dedicated to Eileen Poole.

     Refuge - Beneath The Cross of Jesus, is here intertwined in unusual arpeggios approx. 2:40, moderately difficult.  Also available for organ and as instrumental solo.    Play Refuge

    Reverie - Let The Beauty Of Jesus Be Seen In Me is treated as a gentle landler, approx. 2:10, easy but with some artistic possibilities for the accomplished player.  Play this little Waltz!

    Sonrise - This is a somewhat eerie treatment of Amazing Grace, perhaps intoning thoughts of large bells wafting across the hills, approx. 3:50

    Prayer Study - I Kings 19:12 -  This is a most introspective treatment of Spirit Of The Living God, intended as much for the performer as for an audience, approx. 2:01, easy to play, hard to get right.  I guess I wrote this for me and for anyone who plays it.

    Sufficiency - Sandon - Though thunders roll and darkened be the sky, is adapted to Beethoven’s Pathetic Sonata, second movement, approx. 2:52, moderate difficulties.   Dedicated to Brigadier Nellie Getz.

    A Suppliant Spirit - The Salvation Army tune Slater, is used in this Chopinesque arrangement, approx. 2:30, rhythmic challenges but little else.   Dedicated to Brigadier Robert Jacob Getz.

    Transcendency - This is an original tune that is simply meditative, approx. 1:34 only slight difficulties of span.   For Eric.

    Transmigrating Love - When I Survey The Wondrous Cross is treated contrapuntally, with a rousing ending, approx. 2:40, mild difficulties.  Dedicated to Byron Welch.

    Prelude Treasures - The first four notes of this make up most of the chords and arpeggios in this tough little handful based on Royal Oak - All Things Bright and Beautiful.  This was written as a tribute to my wife's Great Aunt Jean Davis, who was "bright and beautiful" - approx.1:32    Click to play Auntie's piece

    Fugue Treasures –  This moderately difficult but intensely thoughtful fuguelike piece is a companion to the prelude, based on the same tune.  It was written for Barbe's Great Uncle, Dr. Donald Davis, a grand man in every respect.  approx. 2:32   Click to hear the Doctor's piece

    Unshackled - This is a thoughtful and lyrical treatment of Lord, With My All I Part, approx. 2:20, only difficulties are rhythmic.  This was written for Bill Himes in his darkest hour.

    Whispers of The Heart - Love At Home and When He Commeth, are tenderly treated here, approx. 2:00, medium difficulty.   Dedicated to Brigadiers Nellie and Robert Getz.

    Yearning -  Unusual “horn fifth” arpeggios embrace Teach Me How To Love Thee, approx. 2:36, memorization solves the modest conceptual difficulties here.  My life-theme.

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Selected Piano Transcriptions by Bob Getz of other composers:

    These pieces are not for sale, but any one can be obtained as a bonuse for every $25.00 spent on other items in our catalog.

      
A Carol Fantasy - Eric Ball first conceived this piece as a string orchestra piece for a conducting appearance with the London Symphony Orchestra in the 1930’s. It has since been adapted for brass band by Eric, for chamber orchestra (The White House Orchestra)  by Stephen Bulla and now for piano solo (also for four hands) by me. approx. 5:07, quite a challenge in at least one or two places, otherwise not difficult. Very reflective and beautiful uses of Normandy Carol (Away in a Manger), The Holly and The Ivy, Coventry Carol, and The First Nowell.

        Prelude & Fugue - Arise, My Soul, Arise!  - Sir Dean Goffin wrote this unique masterpiece when he was but a Captain in The Salvation Army in 1958.  He wrote it as a festival piece for brass band.  There is nothing like it in the literature in either style or quality.  I arranged it for solo piano at the request of Karen Krinjak, to whom it is dedicated.  Click to read about it    Hear it on Piano!    

        Selection (medley) The Call –  Erik Leidzen’s masterpiece of musical craft and spiritual thought can now be reinterpreted via this piano transcription from his brass band score. Come with Thy Sin, Softly and Tenderly, What Shall the Answer Be? are sublimely woven into a tapestry of musical perfection and irresistible spiritual invitation, approx. 4:15, difficult.  Dedicated to Colonel William H. Scarlett.

        Selection (medley) Constant Trust – This is a perennial band favorite by the great Eric Ball. Like his friend Leidzen, he wondrously weaves together Trust and Obey, The Cross Is Not Greater Than His Grace, and Simply Trusting, to create a musical/spiritual amalgam of prodigious beauty and depth. approx. 7:30, quite difficult.  Dedicated to Colonel Victor Danielson.

        Meditation Just As I Am – Wilfred Heaton crafted this band masterpiece over half a century ago and it is as new today as then. Any musical materials in his hands take on a  patina that is original, challenging and wondrous. It is meant to be played on piano as readily as for band. approx. 4:45, not very difficult.   Dedicated to Dr. Billy Graham.  This item available from The Salvation Army Trade department, 440 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 10994

        March Praise! – Again Wilfred Heaton strikes with a freshness that is rare. This march contains an old Salvation Army tune Praise O, Praise Him! ergo the title. It is a great piece by any standard and in any medium. It may be the most popular march in Salvation Army history! approx. 3:20 and very difficult.   Dedicated to Phil B. Catelinet.    Click to Listen to Heaton's  masterpiece march

        Meditation Serenity – Eric Ball first wrote this treatment of It Is Well With My Soul for a church band in The Netherlands, later it was published for Salvation Army bands. It is well titled and when well played it inspires the noblest of spiritual aspirations. approx. 4:25, moderately difficult.  Dedicated to John Ferriera.

        March Star Lake, by Eric Ball, remains one of brass banding's most beloved marches since 1939 when he penned it at that great Salvation Army camp.  Having the original manuscript of that march is one of my delights in life.  I transcribed the piano solo directly from that precious manuscript.  It is easier than it sounds for piano and will delight any audience.  Click & listen!   

       Tone Poem - The Shadow of The Cross - Sir Dean Goffin was but a Cadet at The Salvation Army Training College when hew wrote this immortal meditative masterpiece - over half a century ago.  It remains as fresh and challenging today as then.  I wrote this transcription for and dedicate it to my brother Jack C. Getz.  What greater thing could two brothers share?  Read More About It!     Hear an MP3 of it!

        Tone Poem The King of Kings, for solo piano!   Eric Ball's seminal masterpiece. I attest that this is his greatest work, and that it has yet to see a totally fulfilling performance.  Perhaps that performance will take place on piano, Eric's own instrument.  Time will tell.  God bless you!   Read About This Masterpiece     Play The King of Kings on piano

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Selected Original Piano Concert Pieces by Bob Getz:  Priced as marked.  Please see:
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     Allegro Jubiloso!   Approx. 1:20, very difficult, it is as the title implies, a bit Brubeckish and a lot Puckish!  5/8 and 7/8 times throughout.  This is lovingly dedicated to Frances and Alan Wetter.   $6  Buckle up and ride this little rascal!

    Cossack Dance  Approx. :40, moderately difficult, but just fun.  $3   Have fun listening!

    La Marche de les Obscurites Perpetuelle –  Approx. 2:10 This is a weird little French thing that is quite entertaining. Not too difficult.  Dedicated to Colonel Victor Danielson.  $6

    Prelude X –  This is a short little challenge that I wrote for myself to encourage independence between the two hands. It is in two keys, Db in the right hand and C in the left and the motifs crisscross between hands ergo the name “X” approx. :40 Not as hard as it sounds, but every bit as weird! fun.  $2  
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    Sonata - Approx. 7:00. Three movements. Rather Bartokian and spiky. A real handful.  Dedicated to Dr. Leo E. Heim.   $12   Click & listen . . . if you dare!
 

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    Abiding Presence – Moderately difficult, approx. 3:30, a meditation on Abide With Me with Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow interspersed, big ending.  Also available for piano solo or brass band.

     David's Pastorale  - This by Dr. Emil Soderstrom, adapted for organ from his brass band masterpiece Song Of Israel by Robert Getz.  This is transcendent music based on the tune Leoni - "God Of Abraham Praise".  Medium difficulties, approx. 2:20. (Listen to the band version on "Glimpse of a Genius" link on home page.)    Hear it on reed organ 

    Exaltation!  - This was originally written for piano, but makes a natural organ solo as well.  It is a contrapuntal piece of no significant difficulties and is based on the beloved Praise To The Lord The Almighty.  It ends with a shout of "Praise To The Lord!"  Also available for piano solo. Click and Praise The Lord!    View a bit of the score

    Transmigrating Love - When I Survey The Wondrous Cross is treated contrapuntally, with a rousing ending, approx. 2:40, mild difficulties.  Also available for piano solo.   Click here to play it (may take a few minutes to load)

    Refuge  -  What better refuge could we have than Beneath The Cross of Jesus?  This little piece started life as a trombone solo, then became a piano solo and now finds it way to the king of instruments (available in all three formats.)  Only modest challenges.  Approx. 2:40  Also available for piano.
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    Sweet Hour Of Prayer - This great hymn arrangement for band by Erik Leidzen is now available for organ, a match made in Heaven.  Not difficult - approx 2:00  (Also available as a piano/organ duet.  There are others, please inquire).

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Instrumental Solos With Piano   All solos are $6 unless otherwise marked. 
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    Suite for Horn and Piano Aberystwyth   - There are three movements to this cyclical suite.  The first movement, Allegro Moderato (approx. 2:05) treats the whole tune but then zeros in on the first phrase.  The second movement, Andante (approx. 1:30), treats the second phrase of the tune as a prayer.  The third movement, Allegro (approx. 1:20), focuses on the last phrase for the horn while the piano reprises the entire tune.  It is very difficult, approx. 5:00.  Commissioned by and dedicated to Colonel Howard H. Chesham.

    Andante Cantabile for Euphonium and Piano  - I use the tune Thy Will Be Done to weave an interesting conflict between temporal and divine issues in life, eventually reconciling the two . . . musically at least. It is a gentle piece for the most part.  Moderate difficulties, approx. 2:45.

    Alby - Tuba solo based upon "I Love To Tell The Story", written for and named after a dear friend who "tells the story" with his tuba.  It is available with piano or brass band accompaniment.  Meditative, and moderately difficult.

    Flugel Solo - Balm In Flugeland  was commissioned by Steef Kleple of The Salvation Army Netherlands Staff Band.  It is quite difficult and features ever-so-slightly jazz feeling.  It is based on A Balm In Gilead and Sometimes I Fell Like A Motherless Child.  It features tenderness and joyous pizzazz.   It is also available with piano accompaniment.

    Begin the Day With God  - This is a transcription for cornet and piano of the beautiful section of the same name from Eric Ball's Songs of The Morning suite.  It is wondrous music by whatever medium, Ball first wrote it as a choir piece, then for band, and now I offer it with piano.  Not difficult, approx. 2:10.

    Dearest And Best  - For Clarinet and Piano. The title comes from a line of the song illustrated here, The Old Rugged Cross.  The only difficulties are conceptual and perhaps the use of the sostenuto pedal, which some pianos don't have. approx. 2:50.   Dedicated to Jean Christiana Marion GetzClick it for a Clarinet Playing it   

    I hear You Calling Me - This old love song by Charles Marshall was made famous by the great singing minstrel, John McCormack, later by Sousa's trombone soloist and for many years was a favorite of Colonel Carl J. Lindstrom of The Salvation Army.   The only difficulties are lyrical and range as it ends very softly on a high C.  Here it is offered for trombone, but other possibilities exist.  approx 3:55.

    I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You  - This Dorsey favorite is here presented in a lower key to get aspiring young Dorsey's going.  No real difficulties. approx. 2:10. 

    I'm In His hands - This lovely song by the late Stanley Ditmer is treated here with a positive touch that underscores who's hands we are in.  Not difficult, approx. 2:30.

    In The Rock I'll Hide -  This little solo is based on this chorus. It is underpinned by and accompaniment of horn fifths.  Not difficult, approx. 1:20.

    Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross - This uses a beloved old secular tune adopted by the church for the familiar words.  It is a moody treatment that ends in total peace.  Not difficult, approx. 3:20.

    Londonderry Air  - This if for two euphoniums or trombones with piano. Other than sporting two high C's (concert pitch) it is not very difficult.  Approx. 2:00.

    None But The Lonely Heart - This Tchaikovsky favorite is written for low brass that can play high.  Overall it is not difficult, but it sports a high Db (concert) at a very crucial place.  Approx. 2:30.

    Nothing But Thy Blood - Nothing But Thy Blood Can Save Me is the theme of this moody little piece.  The accompaniment stretches the limits of modulation to provide a fresh look at every phrase of this gem of a tune. Approx. 3:00.   Dedicated to Brigadier Robert Getz.

    Nun Danket  - The traditional chorale is treated here to make a  young soloist look good.  Not difficult, approx. 1:40.  For Robert Christian Jennings Getz

    Precious Name  - Take The Name of Jesus With You is the invitation of this solo written in the style of the late great Erik Leidzen.  Not difficult, approx.2:45.  Dedicated to Colonel Douglas E. Norris.   (Click here to hear it on clarinet)  (will take a few minutes to load)

    Reckon On Me - Reckon On Me Following Thee are the opening words of the chorus of this gem of a Salvation Army song.  The accompaniment is quite independent of the solo.  Not difficult, but quite moving. Approx. 3:45.   Dedicated to Bramwell Tripp.

    Refuge - Beneath The Cross Of Jesus is the refuge spoken of here.  Rocking arpeggios support a placid rendering of the melody.  Not difficult, approx. 2:40.

    Robes of White - Bernard Smith wrote this for the redoubtable alto horn soloist Howard Chesham in 1935.  It is as fresh today as then.  I created a piano accompaniment from the band score to make it available to more people.  It is very difficult, but well worth the effort. Approx. 3:50.

    Silent Night  - This treats the tune as a lullaby. It is not very difficult, but takes a few turns you won't hear elsewhere.  approx. 3:15.

    Stand Up For Jesus  - This solo was written by Emil Aanderud.  A young man was to play it for a solo competition and could not locate the original music (out of print) which was required by the judges.  So I created a new "original", Emil's solo and my accompaniment.  The variations are straight forward and, thus, accessible to any youngster with ambition.  Not very hard, approx. 2:10.    

     Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein - This was Bach's last composition, written literally on his death bed just before he died.  He dictated it to his son-in-law!  The two sets of words associated with the chorale are When we are in the time of utmost need and Before Thy Throne I Stand.  How fitting an end for such a life! Study of the construction will reap great rewards.  Serenity might be a good name for it. Not overly difficult other than the demands for sustaining through phrases.  Also available for brass band, quartet, quintet or with piano or organ accompaniment. Approx.3:50.  Dedicated to Tom Gabrielsen.    Hear it with trumpet and organ

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        O Love That Wilt No Let Me Go -  This is a lovely art-song by my late and dear friend Emil Soderstrom on George Matheson's well loved words.   I have taken Emil's rather more difficult original (available from Salvationist Publishing and Supplies anywhere) and significantly simplified it.  Available for either solo voice or high/low duet.  Approx. 2:30
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        Battle Hymn -  A very straight-forward, simple and traditional arrangement of this patriotic favorite.  Approx. 2:45

        Grace -   Here we have a mysterious and tranquil arrangement (no bagpipes or "scooping"!) of the traditional hymn Amazing Grace.  This was first arranged as a wedding present for my niece Laura at whose wedding it was performed.  The original was for soprano voice, string quarter and French horn.  Since then it has been arranged to use either horn or trombone with piano or organ accompaniment.  Approx. 3:30     Play it in the original version (simulated)

        His Eye Is On the Sparrow -
This is a simple treatment of the beloved old song.  It can be provided in high or low voice versions with either piano or organ accompaniment.  approx. 2:40   Listen to a simulated performance

        The Love Of God  -  This is a simple treatment of the beloved hymn, with piano accompaniment.   Approx. 2:55

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       Amen (TTBB) -  This miniature is but 1:15 long, but is a serene and ethereal ending for anything calling for an "amen".  It is here set for male voices in six parts, with an appropriate tip of the hat to my teacher's teacher Zoltan Kodalay.  It is a tough little number because of the sustaining intonation challenges. Click here to listen to a not very good synthesized recording:  Listen to "Amen" (will take a few minutes to load.)

        Harvest Home Chorale (TTBB) - This Male Voice setting is an adaptation of one of Grieg's piano pieces, Op. 12, No. 2, "Vaterlandisches Lied.  It is well suited to male voices and offers interesting opportunities for use of bells, trumpet or other means of intoning the only needed "accompaniment" in the introductory bars.  Approx. 2:30

        Intercede, O Lord  (TTBB) - This is a male chorus adaptation of Wilfred Heaton's stunningly beautiful setting of the most moving and penetrating words of K. Tout.  It is a challenging bit of work, well worth any effort expended.  Best done a-cappella.  Approx 3:35.

        Divine Healing (SATB) - this is an original a-cappella setting of Albert Orsborn's words "Say but the word, Thy servant shall be healed".  Piano and small chorus.  Approx. 2:00

          Joy To The world!  (SATB) - This little piece is accessible to any ability level of voice or keyboard.  It is full of driving energy and joyous pizzazz.    It was commissioned by a little choir at Fremont Christian Church.  Piano accompaniment - Approx. 2:00   Listen to it!

        O Come, Immanuel (SATB)  - Commissioned by a tiny choir at the Fremont Christian Church, this treatment of the 8th century Gregorian chant is accessible to virtually any group.  It has an "authentic" feeling and the organ accompaniment lends to this.  The organ introduction shares the sobs of an exiled people. Approx 2:30  Listen with a click

        Power Of The Spirit (SATB) - Using the tune to "Faith Of Our Fathers" and Victor Ottaway's words "Make Me Aware of Thee, this is an easy setting for small choir and piano.  Approx. 2:15.

          Psalm 23 (SATB) - This was commissioned in 1962 by Lt.-Colonel Carl J. Lindstrom for The Salvation Army Chicago Staff Choristers.  9 Pages, SATB/piano, with some divisi's, approx 5:00 and moderately difficult.  Dedicated to Tom Gabrielsen.   Single comb-bound copy  w/cover and reference recording $8, 15 bound copies w/1 reference recording $90, 30 or more bound copies w/1 reference recording $5 each (client reproduction and binding agreements available for higher quantity orders).   Click for Computer Rendering

        Quiet Place (SATB) - Here John Oxenham's wonderful words "'Mid all the traffic of the ways" find a comfortable home under the tune Lloyd.  This is an easy setting for small choir and organ.  Approx. 1:45.

        Stillness  (SATB) - The Sebelius tune "Finlandia" married to the familiar words "Be Still, My Soul" are made available for organ and small choir in and easy adaptation.  Approx. 3:00.

        Shepherd, Hear My Prayer (SATB) - This is a Psalm "Unto Thee Will I Cry - Shepherd, Hear My Prayer" adaptation setting by the late Ernest Rance.  Here it is for small choir and organ.  Approx. 3:34   

        The Good Shepherd  (TTBB) -  This was commissioned by my boyhood friend, Clyde Smith, who is the son of the late and great Bernard Smith.   It is based on the tune Crimond, and illustrates the 1650 paraphrase of the 23rd Psalm.  It was commissioned to be used as a send-off for troops leaving the US for active service overseas.       

        Thy Will  (SATB) - In October of 1973 I was invited to Chicago to discuss becoming the Music Director of The Salvation Army Central territory and the Bandmaster of the renowned Chicago Staff Band.  This was the second of three such requests, the first being by the late Colonel Douglass E. Norris, the last by the late Commissioner John Needham and this by then Major Ernest Miller and the Chief Secretary Colonel Henry Koerner, and the Band's Executive Officer, Colonel Carl J. Lindstrom (my beloved Bandmaster).   There has never been a position more suited to me or I to it, and I wanted to do this very much.  On the plane-ride back to Cambridge, Massachusetts, the words for this piece came to me and, as painful as it was to say "no", I knew that I was needed more at the Cambridge Corps (local church) as Bandmaster of that troubled group.  "Thy will be done" was all I could say, and all I could do. 

          1.   Dear lord,  Make me a vessel for your love:
                    Pour out Your Spirit, Fill me from above.
                Once filled, Lord grant the I will always be
                    A wholesome vessel, clean and fit for Thee.

          2.   Grant Lord, That I might ever stronger be;       
                    To do the work that You have planned for me.
                O Lord, In working rightly now I see,
                    That through my toil Your Spirit dwells in me.

           Chorus:     Humbly I come to Thee, In all submission;
                         I seek the wisdom, Lord, Thy will to know.

         This is a French-sounding, or rather "Franckian" piece that slithers in and out of the tonic to a surprisingly satisfying end.  I believe some of the soul-searching I underwent made its way into the harmonic substance of this little song.  (It is available in a slightly different version at Salvationist Publishing and Supplies.)    Listen to it . . .

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        Simply Trusting  -  This is for ladies three parts.  It was written as an unaccompanied trio by Brindley Boon for the famous "Living Word" television series of The Salvation Army in Canada.  When Ernest Miller was director of The Chicago Staff Choristers the ladies who sang that trio on the air visited for a concert.  I was commissioned to write an accompaniment for the trio written by my friend Brindley. 

        I'm In His Hands -  Here we treat the wonderful song of our late friend Stanley Ditmer for women's voices three parts.  It is a straight-forward arrangement except that in the chorus ,  another melody can be heard in the piano - "All my days and all my hours . . .  shall be Thine, O Lord." 

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    Love's Descent  - (This piece began life as a piano piece but cried out to be set for bells.  It is a setting of Spirit Of God Descend Upon My Heart. It is not difficult in either medium.  It is serene and lasts approx. 2:50.  You can hear it on the main Catalog Menu.)

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Orchestra

Score and 35 parts $50.00 additional parts @ $2.00

          A Carol Fantasy for string orchestra, by Eric Ball.  Notes by Robert Getz.

        In 1948 Eric Ball was engaged to conduct a six concert series with the London Symphony Orchestra.  He thought write a special Christmas piece for that series for the LSO strings.  Unfortunately he was overcome with fatigue and could not conduct the last concert.  The series and the piece were left unfinished by Eric.  He later revised the piece for Salvation Army band and it received some limited use.  The string score sat folded in half in his file for forty years!   In 1988 He and I were speaking on the telephone and the band piece came up.  I offered high praise for it, and he told the story of the concert series and the never-performed score for strings.  About two weeks later I received a package in the mail and a note attached to that first manuscript score for strings!  I trembled as I read:  "Enclosed is the original score for A Carol Fantasy for strings.  If you like it, keep it, and send me a copy if you get a chance."    I "liked" it . . .

        The piece opens with a viola solo of the Normandy Carol (Away in a manger) which is soon gently underpinned by violins and cello at pianissimo.  This evolves into a lush treatment with full string orchestra including many divisi's.   A 14 bar bridge introduces a pizzicato suggestion of The Holly And The Ivy which fulfills itself in rocking pizzicati fifths under an arco rendering of the tune in the violins.  This naturally evolves into a eerie questioning in muted strings over  a contrabass pedal-point.  The Coventry Carol  appears almost organically in a quartet of violas and cellos which is interrupted by the eerie muted violins.  As the full orchestra winds this tune down, The First Noel is most tenderly introduced, as though from the clouds above, to provide a coda as the piece fades over a last tender remnants of the pizzicati in the low strings.  Of the piece Eric wrote:

        " The aim of this setting is to reflect a meditative, even dream-like mood in contrast to the popular festive, even jolly conception of carol singing and playing.  It is hoped that the fantasy will also evoke an atmosphere of worship, for the carols included remind us not only of the incarnation, but also of the massacre of the innocents, and of the cross."     

        While the piece is quite beautiful for brass, the original string version is devastatingly beautiful.   Even in a computer realization the subtleties of the strings are apparent.  Great for brass but perfect for strings. As of this writing it has never been played.  Available only here.  Score and parts for 8 first violins, 8 second violins, six violas, four cellos and four basses (30).  Additionally, we will supply a photocopy of the original score for reference regarding Eric's various edits, etc. - $65.00 - $2.00 each for additional parts.  Listen to Eric's forgotten masterpiece!

CHRISTmas Suite – Prophecy Fulfilled for: Orchestra: One each flute, oboe, clarinet Bb, bassoon, F horn, C trumpet, trombone, tuba, timpani & strings - by Robert getz

    The composer’s intent is to lead the listener from the Old Testament prophecy of a sign from God, the Messiah to be born to a virgin (Isaiah 7:14, one of many), through the event itself, and to the joyous celebration of discovery. Consequently he chose O Come Emanuel, March of the Three Kings, Silent Night and Joy to the world – before, during and after. The journey calls for the piece to be linear (contrapuntal), as opposed to vertical (harmonic) in concept. The tunes accompany themselves in unique ways, which is intended to not only be musically interesting, but to draw one to the words of the carols – more importantly, their significance. The tiny event, in human terms, has caused us to account for time by it forever – so momentous was that night!

The piece begins in the cold night of the desert and may, for some, intone a procession of monks chanting the age-old song of entreaty, O Come Emanuel, pleading for the manifestation of the Savior. Abruptly, the three Wise Men, Kings, see the Star and march resolutely toward it in full assurance that they are on a divine pilgrimage. The phrases "We Three Kings" and "Repeat The Sounding Joy" each are symbolically reiterated three times. The "march" ends abruptly as the three noblemen realize that their trek has ended in the wash of divine light from the Star. A fanfare fragment from the march (representing King Herod’s nefarious mischief!) is now transformed into a lullaby accompaniment to Silent Night, the Holy Scene at the crèche, as they worship the newborn King of Kings. The on-site celebration, which shall forever be known as CHRISTmas, begins with Joy to The World! The exit-overture features some of the motifs of the piece and ends with a final shout of "The Lord Has Come!" followed as Silent Night accompanies a high trumpet statement of Repeat The Sounding Joy! . . . which the composer prays that this piece accomplishes (especially in this horribly troubled world!) For two thousand and more years the King Herods of the world have never finished with the Christ . . . but, even today come up short in trying to frustrate His divine reign.

God bless you! Bob Getz – CHRISTmas 2009

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String Quartets

    As a means of decompressing from the endeavor of love of writing my biography of Emil Soderstrom, I took to writing short meditative pieces for string quartet.  They are based upon traditional hymns and prayerful choruses which were used in The Salvation Army I knew and loved (now officially preempted by so-called "praise and worship" which, in my estimation amounts to neither).  These little meditative pieces are not constructed to dazzle the critic or amaze the musical technocrat but simply to bless people and perhaps draw someone into seeking God's presence.  I have been told that they achieve that.  I hope you find God's presence.  They are available on CDs for $8 each (S&H included).

Volume 1 - "Into My Heart"

1. Swing Low – adapted from Emil Soderstrom’s arrangement for the Central Brass Band Journal (c. 1960’s).  Play it with a click!

2. St. Agnes – "Jesus, the very thought of Thee, with sweetness fills my breast; but sweeter far Thy face to see, and in Thy presence rest." Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153).

3. "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face; and the things of life will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."

4. Repton – John Greenleaf Whittier "America’s beloved Quaker poet" wrote a very long poem which begins: "Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways; reclothe us in a rightful mind; in purer lives Thy service find, in deeper reverence, praise. – Drop Thy still dews of quietness till all our strivings cease; take from our lives the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of Thy peace." This poem was written in protest to things similar to today’s so-called "praise and worship" movement. Study of the poem will be rewarded with a tranquil spirit. Listen with a click!

5. "I know a fount, where sins are washed away, I know a place where night is turned to day; burdens are lifted, blind eyes made to see; there’s a wonder-working power in the blood of Calvary." Salvation Army Songster Leader Oliver Cooke (1873-1945).

6. Steal Away, an unspecified setting by Emil Soderstrom, realized & arranged by Bob Getz.

7. Lloyd "’Mid all the traffic of the ways, turmoils without, within, make in my heart a quiet place and come and dwell therein . . . Come occupy my silent place, and make Thy dwelling there! More grace is wrought in quietness than any is aware." John Oxenham (1852-1941). Listen with a click!

8. "Teach me how to love Thee, teach me how to pray, teach me how to serve Thee better day by day, teach me how to serve Thee better day by day." Such a simple song . . . such profound depth of meaning! It is a true tonic for a seeking soul.

9. "Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me; Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me." God is the Potter, we are His clay.

10. "All your anxieties, all your cares, bring to the mercy seat, leave them there. Never a burden He will not share. Never a friend like Jesus."

11. "Holy Spirit, Come, O Come, let Thy work in me be done. All that hinders shall be cast aside. Make me fit to be Thy dwelling."

12. "To be like Jesus! This hope possesses me, in every thought and deed, this is my aim my creed; To be like Jesus! This hope possesses me, His Spirit helping me, like Him I’ll be." Arranged for the most Christ-like person I’ve ever known, my Barbara.

13. "Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus, come in today, come in to stay . . . come into my heart Lord Jesus."

14. "Amazing Grace! how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see."

15. Pastorale from "Song of Israel" by Emil Soderstrom, arr. Bob Getz. Leoni "The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above, Ancient of everlasting days and God of love. Jehova, great I AM, by earth and Heaven confessed, I bow and bless the sacred name forever blest."

 

Volume 2 - "Christ Is All"

1. Easter Hymn "Christ The Lord Is Risen . . . Alleluia!"  This was written as a tribute to a dear friend, Herbert Howard, who faced a most terrifying death by "Mad Cow Disease" with faith and courage and who loved this hymn above all others.

2. "All my days and all my hours, all my will and all my powers, all the passion of my soul, not a fragment but the whole, shall be Thine, O Lord.  Let it b so.

3. "Christ is all, yes, all in all, my Christ is all in all."  This one began life as a band arrangement written at the request of  my late friend, Mark Keeler.  I hope his sould has found the peace he sought in music.

4.  "Sweet Will Of God, still fold me closer . . . 'till I am wholly lost in Thee."  This was a request from and dedicated to a dear Uncle, Herbert Hoskins, as he began his journey into Alzheimer's, where he would be "wholly lost in The lord, but not to Him.  Thanks for that lesson uncle Herb!

5.  "Come Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy praise" was written as a piano solo for a teacher of our children, Henrietta Van Meekeren.  It is clear to the seasoned ear that I was thinking about my friend Emil Soderstrom as I wrote this.  However, I did not strive to either use or not use his style, but I did strive not ape anything from his great band meditation on the same song (harder than you might imagine! Don't think of a pink elephant . . .)

6. "Thou Wilt Keep Him In Perfect Peace whose mind is stayed on Thee."  May this peace be yours.

7.  "My Desire To Be like Jesus, my desire to be like Him; His Spirit fill me, His love o'erwhehlm me, in word and deed, to be like Him". To this I tagged a little fragment of "I surrender all" to remind the listener that we cannot be even a little like Jesus without complete surrender of our will to Him. This began life as little piano solo dedicated to my Christ-like friend Bob Ferrantelli.

8.  "Day By Day and with each passing moment, strength I find to meet my trials here; trusting in my Father's wise bestlowment, I've no cause for worry or for fear."  The refrain for the second verse seems to fit the first even better: "The protection of His child and treasure is a charge that on Himself He laid. 'As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,' this the pledge to me He made."

9. Richard Slater was a Salvation Army pioneer who penned my father’s favorite song.  This arrangement is for Pop. "And is it so? A gift from me dost Thou, dear Lord, request?  Then speak Thy will, whate'er it be; obeying, I am blest. I have not much to give Thee, Lord, for that great love which made Thee mine: I have not much to give Thee, Lord, but all I have is Thine. And dost Thou ask a gift from me: the talents I possess?  Such as I have I give to Thee that others I may bless.“   To these words, I say “Amen”. 

10. “My life must be Christ’s broken bread, my love, His outpoured wine, a cup o’erfilled, a table spread beneath His name and sign, that other souls, refreshed and fed, may share His life through mine.”   Any words by the late Salvation Army poet General, Albert Orsborn, are soul-food. 

11. “Take the name of Jesus with you, child of sorrow and of woe; it will joy and comfort give you, take it then where’er you go.  Precious name, O how sweet! Hope of earth and joy of Heaven.”  The late Colonel Douglas Norris showed more confidence in me than anyone when he told me he wanted me to be “The Erik Leidzen of the Central Territory”.  I wrote this in the style of that great composer as a tribute to the good colonel.

12. “I must have the Saviour with me, for I dare not walk alone; I must feel His presence near me, and His arm around me thrown.  Then my soul shall fear no ill; let him lead me where He will, I will go without a murmur, and His footsteps follow still.”  My sister, Sharon, reminded me that this was a favorite of our parents, Brigadiers Robert and Nellie Getz, and of Mother’s parents who often sang it by the old upright piano .

13. “Just as I am without one plea but that Thy blood was shed for me, and that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!”  It was with tenderness of heart that I wrote this and dedicated it to Dr. Billy Graham. 

14. "When morning gilds the skies, My heart awakening cries: May Jesus Christ be praised!”  This haunting arrangement is dedicated to my dear friend Commissioner Andrew Miller, “St. Andrew” – we shared the Essence. 

15. “When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know, it is well with my soul . . . It is well with my soul.”  The last thing my family did with my sainted mother was to gather at her bedside and sing this together.  Her damaged voice was never lovelier, even if struggling with this hymn.  

16.  “God be with you till we meet again, by His counsels, guide, uphold you. With His sheep securely fold you: God be with you till we meet again.” This was first for brass band as a tribute to Irwin Fischer. The first phrase was the last ever spoken to me by Eric Ball, then, “and we shall!” 

There are more, not in an album yet . . . they include:

FuguEwing This is a little fuge treatment on the tune Ewing.  It treats each phrase as a new subject.  It is but 1:20 but packed with music. 

I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked  This is a fantasia treatment of this beloved old song, which attempts to bring the words to life.

Teach Me How to Love Thee (II)  This chorus means so much to me that I had to take a second pass at it.

 

Please email us for more information bobgetz@injofferings.com 

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