PROGRAM NOTES

Composed for Wade McDonald's final retirement concert with the
Dickenson High School Band, Dickenson Texas.
    Wade and I have been friends for many years and when he
told me he was retiring I wanted to do something special for him.
I asked his wife for a short list of his favorite hymns and decided on
"Nearer My God to Thee."

As I was arranging it, I could hear my grandmothers church, years ago
singing it a capella, the way they held notes longer or shorter than it's actually written.
I arranged it to reflect that so the piece changes from 4/4 to 3/4 at will.
It is a free flowing arrangment with many ways to interpret it regarding ritards and so on.
I did this arrangement harmonically my way because I knew Wade would expect nothing less.

All my love to Wade and his family.
J.G.
Nearer My God to Thee
Composed by Lowell Mason, 1792-1872
Arr. Julie Giroux
Grade 3+    Duration 4:20

Recording by the Dickenson High School Band
Dickenson, Texas
Wade McDonald, conducting
May, 2010
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