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All of these arrangements for brass ensembles of various sizes were written for performance by church brass groups that I now play in or have played in. The Hymn Tunes for Horn series was likewise written for myself and friends to

play in services. They are all useful as preludes, offertories, special music, or postludes

for church services as well as concert repertoire.

 

Most of these arrangements are titled with the name of the hymn tune rather than that of a familiar hymn which uses it. Hymn tunes usually have names that are not well-known except by church musicians, which are fine for recitals,

but if performed in a church service, the name of a season-appropriate hymn that uses the tune should

be substituted, as most people would recognize that more than the hymn tune name.

I have included the most familiar hymn titles sung to each tune.

Alternate voicings, where available, are accessed from the same link on J.W. Pepper.

Separate buttons access the alternate voicings on Sheet Music Plus.

Most of the compositions and arrangements on this page include a link to a YouTube

video where you can preview the entire score while listening to a recording.

 

BRASS ENSEMBLE

TWO FRENCH CAROLS

Two French Carols - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 3:10

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Grand Mesa Music  

Standard Brass Quintet                                                                                                PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE    

 

This seasonal arrangement begins with He is Born, moves to Sing We Now of Christmas, and then reprises the first carol. All three sections are played without pause or tempo changes. Originally written for a church brass group that I played with in Portland.

Everyone gets a chance to play the melody in this expertly arranged quintet.  Through canon and polyphonic techniques, the composer has made a unique and fun arrangement for grade 4 brass quintet. (publisher's promo)

SICILIANO FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

Siciliano for Christmas Eve - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 3:30

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music  

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear/O Holy Night | Brass Trio                             PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A gentle Siciliano rhythm pervades the contrapuntal texture of this trio--scored for Bb trumpet, F horn, and trombone-- combining the familiar carols It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and O Holy Night

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LO, HOW A ROSE E'RE BLOOMING

Lo, How a Rose E're blooming - Richard E brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:30

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music  

Brass Trio                                                                                                                       PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A setting for brass trio (Bb Trumpet, F Horn, Trombone) of a popular Christmas carol based on a 17th-century German madrigal by Michael Praetorius.

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DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?

Grade: 4

Duration: 2:35

Price: $14.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music 

 Brass Choir

 

Written in 1962 in response to the Cuban missile crisis, Do You Hear What I Hear has become one of our best-loved contemporary Christmas carols. This arrangement for brass choir is scored for 3 Bb trumpets, 2 F horns, 2 trombones, and tuba. It is equally suitable for church or concert performance.

Because of the copyright agreement that allows me to offer this arrangement, it is only available in the download edition from Sheet Music Plus, and--for now at least--I cannot put a full recording on this website. But you can preview the entire score and hear a 30-second clip at the SMP (Download Music) link.

CHORALE PRELUDE ON HYFRYDOL

Chorale Prelude on Hyfrydol - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:40

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus | Brass Sextet or Quintet          PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE:   QUINTET  SEXTET

 

Adapted from my organ composition of the same name, this piece is available in both standard brass quintet and brass sextet (standard brass quintet plus a second trombone) voicings. Hyfrydol is the name of the hymn tune used by the familiar carol Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, and this composition is useful for church and caroling brass ensembles during the Advent-Christmas season.

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CHORALE PRELUDE ON REGENT SQUARE

Chorale Prelude on Regent Square - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:40

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Angels from the Realms of Glory - Easter People Raise Your Voices | Brass Sextet or Quintet

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Adapted from my organ composition of the same name, this piece is available in both standard brass quintet and brass sextet (standard brass quintet plus a second trombone) voicings. It is equally useful for the Christmas and Easter seasons, as both the Christmas carol Angels from the Realms of Glory and Easter hymn Easter People, Raise Your Voices use this popular hymn tune.

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CHORALE PRELUDE ON LEONI

Chorale Prelude on Leoni - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:45

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Yigdal - The God of Abraham Praise | Brass Sextet or Quintet

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Adapted from my organ composition of the same name, this piece is available in both standard brass quintet and

brass sextet (standard brass quintet plus a second trombone) voicings.. The hymn tune Leoni is based on the ancient Hebrew chant Yigdal. Among several modern hymns that are set to this tune, the best-known by far is The God of Abraham Praise. Among several modern hymns that are set to this tune, the best-known by far is The God of

Abraham Praise.

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CHORALE PRELUDE ON TRURO

Chorale Prelude on Truro - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:30

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates - Christ Is Alive | Brass Septet or Quintet

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This rousing setting of the hymn tune Truro is available in both standard brass quintet and brass septet (standard brass quintet plus a third trumpet and second trombone) voicings. It is equally useful for the Advent and Easter seasons, as both the Advent carol Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates and Easter hymn Christ Is Alive use this popular hymn tune.

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 THINE BE THE GLORY

Thine Be the Glory - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:55

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Theme from Judas Maccabeus | Brass Septet                                                        PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

This septet--scored for 3 Bb trumpets, F horn, 2 trombones, and tuba--is a setting of the hymn tune Judas Maccabeus, which is a derivation of the well-known theme from George Frideric Handel's oratorio of that name. The only hymn text that is commonly heard to this tune is the Easter hymn Thine Be the Glory, so it is most appropriate for Easter Sunday services, but can also be used in secular concerts under the title See, the Conquering Hero Comes.

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O WALY WALY

O Waly Waly - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 2:40

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

The Gift of Love | Brass Octet                                                                                   PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

This octet for 4 Bb trumpets, F horn, 2 trombones, and tuba is based on a traditional English tune, the origins of which are uncertain, but is today best-known as the source tune for the popular hymn The Gift of Love, with words based on   I Cor. 13. 

Several other lesser-known hymns also use this tune, including An Upper Room Did Our Lord Prepare and When Love is Found. It is sometimes heard as an alternative tune for When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.

Few will recognize the somewhat odd title of this tune, and since song titles are not subject to copyright, it should be identified as  "The Gift of Love," when it is played in church services or on concerts.

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HYMN TUNES FOR HORN 

BEACH SPRING

Beach Spring - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 2:25

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

 Restless Weaver | F Horn Solo and Piano                                                             PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

Besides Restless Weaver, other hymns that use this tune include Come Ye Sinners Poor and NeedyAs a Fire Is Meant for Burning, and Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters

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ST. DENIO  

St. Denio - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:10

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Immortal, Invisible | F Horn Solo and Piano                                                  PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

Although many lesser-known hymns use this powerful tune, only Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise is commonly heard. 

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BLESSED ASSURANCE

Blessed Assurance - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:35

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

F Horn Solo and Piano                                                                                            PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

Dating from 1873, the American hymn tune Assurance has, over the intervening years, become one of the most    popular in the literature. Besides Blessed Assurance, very few, if any, other hymns are set to this well-known and much-loved tune.

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FOREST GREEN

Forest Green - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3+

Duration: 2:25

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Grade: 3+

Duration: 2:25

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

 I Sing the Almighty Power of God | F Horn Solo and Piano                               PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A traditional English melody adapted as a hymn tune by Ralph Vaughan Williams as an alternate tune for the Christmas carol O Little Town of Bethlehem, this tune today is seldom sung to that text. Among several hymns that employ this tune, I Sing the Almighty Power of God is the most commonly heard.

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NETTLETON

Nettleton - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:10

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing | F Horn Solo and Piano                         PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

By far, the hymn most often sung to this tune is Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Also quite common is Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy. Some other lesser-known hymns which use it are Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness, Crown His Head with Endless Blessing, and the communion hymn As We Gather at Your Table.

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BRADBURY

Bradbury - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3+

Duration: 2:40

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us | Unaccompanied Duo for F Horn and Flugelhorn

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Named for its American composer, William B. Bradbury (1816-1868), this tune is known almost exclusively for one hymn, Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Separate parts are provided to avoid awkward page turns. The flugelhorn part may also be played by Bb cornet-trumpet, clarinet, or soprano saxophone.

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 IN THE GARDEN

In the Garden - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:55

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Unaccompanied Duo for F Horn and Euphonium                                               PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

The hymn tune Garden is well-known and much loved entirely for this gospel song, which is sometimes called I Come to the Garden Alone; few if any other hymns can be found that are sung to it. This song is especially appropriate during the Easter Season..

Separate parts are provided to avoid awkward page turns. The euphonium part may also be played by trombone, bassoon, or cello, and (with included supplementary Bb treble part) baritone TC or tenor sax.

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CWM RHONDDA

CWM Rhondda - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:10

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

God of Grace and God of Glory | Unaccompanied Duo for F Horn and Trombone

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This popular hymn tune, of Welsh origin, is named for a valley in Wales. The best-known hymns that use this 

tune are God of Grace and God of Glory and Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah

Separate parts are provided to avoid awkward page turns. The trombone part may also be played by

euphonium, bassoon, or cello, and (with included supplementary Bb treble part) baritone TC or tenor sax.

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HOLY MANNA

Holy Manna - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:15

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Brethren, We Have Met to Worship  | Unaccompanied Duo for 2 F Horns     PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

While there are many obscure hymns that are set to this tune, the text most often associated with it is Brethren, We

Have Met to Worship. Others commonly heard are God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens, and All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly

 

Written in an antiphonal horn-call style, this lively duo needs the players to be as far apart as they are comfortable.  

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GESU BAMBINO

Gesu Bambino - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:30

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Unaccompanied Duo for Two F Horns                                                                    PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

While not strictly a part of this series, having been written and published long before I embarked on it, this duo certainly belongs with it. An arrangement of a popular carol by Italian composer Pietro Yon, which actually quotes the refrain to Adeste Fidelis, it was originally written for the pastor of a church I once attended and me to play on Christmas Eve. The only horn player-pastor I ever met!

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