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As All the Heavens Were a Bell (with Optional Chorus)

By Jay Bocook

Concert Band (Score & Parts) - Grade 4
Composed by Jay Bocook. MusicWorks Grade 4. Score and parts (softcover with online audio). Published by Hal Leonard (HL.4002045).

Item Number: HL.4002045

9.0x12.0x1.072 inches.

Commissioned as a tribute to the Fire Department of New York City, this immensely moving work was premiered at an emotional performance for the firefighters in Manhattan this past March. The composition opens with a striking brass fanfare accompanied by woodwind flourishes. A sensitive treatment of the melody from America (My Country, 'Tis Of Thee) follows using haunting vocal colors (cued in F Horns). The nation in turmoil is depicted in an intensely driving and powerful section which evolves marvelously into a full-blown treatment of America with chorus and band. A truly magnificent musical tribute to the heroes of 9/11.

2 - Baritone B.C. 2 pages

2 - Baritone T.C. 2 pages

2 - Bassoon 2 pages

2 - Bb Bass Clarinet 2 pages

3 - Bb Clarinet 1 4 pages

3 - Bb Clarinet 2 4 pages

3 - Bb Clarinet 3 4 pages

2 - Bb Tenor Saxophone 2 pages

2 - Bb Trumpet 1 3 pages

2 - Bb Trumpet 2 3 pages

2 - Bb Trumpet 3 3 pages

3 - Chorus 40 pages

2 - Eb Alto Clarinet 1 page

2 - Eb Alto Saxophone 1 2 pages

2 - Eb Alto Saxophone 2 2 pages

2 - Eb Baritone Saxophone 1 page

2 - F Horn 1 2 pages

2 - F Horn 2 2 pages

3 - Flute 8 pages

32 - Full Score 1 page

2 - Mallet Percussion 2 pages

2 - Oboe 2 pages

2 - Percussion 1 2 pages

2 - Percussion 2 2 pages

2 - Piccolo 1 page

2 - String Bass 1 page

2 - Timpani 1 page

2 - Trombone 1 3 pages

2 - Trombone 2 3 pages

2 - Tuba 4 pages

  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

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  • December 04, 2006 student at a high school love this piece

    this piece starts slow and increases to a fast and very emotional part around 71. it sets the mood like 9/11 in a way, how it was a peaceful day and turned bad in the end. the emotional part at 71 is the planes hiting the towers and then...

    there is this magnifiacnt event in music sound you can remember ht emoment you came home and found out thoses towers fell, i was in 3rd grade and still remember it vividly. This music ends with i like god bless america for another anmerican song. THIS IS A PIECE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!

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  • 5

    Kimberlyn Schultz
    Waukegan, Il
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  • September 11, 2006 This is a fun piece to play and sing.

    I was lucky enough to be part of the group that played "As All the Heavens Were a Bell" in March of 2002, at the main headquarters for the New York City Fire Department. This piece of music is very good for a High School music department to do and...

    hopefully you will be able to have the choir to sing with it. This piece of music is very, very moving and when it was first played for the Fire Department in New York City there was not I dry eye in the room. Hopefully your groups will love to play the piece of music as much as I liked to play and sing it, I was lucky enough to have been able to play the first violin part and sing soprano on this song, not at the same time though. I hope that you will have fun with this piece of music but remember what it about. It is about America and 9/11/2001.

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  • 5

    Chris Whiteley
    Huntsville, TX
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  • August 26, 2004 Very effective and masterful

    Upon initally hearing the piece on a demo recording, one may easily be swayed to believe this is a desperate attempt to "re-create" a setting of "America". Do NOT be fooled! This is a wonderful piece and great tool to integrate imagery and history into your rehearsal hall. Challenging...

    both technically and lyrically, this piece can be very rewarding upon performance. Highly recommended for a capable high school, honors band, or college ensemble.

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