Symphony No. 1, Movement 3 - “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you”

Grade 4 |  Duration 6:15

When the consortium was put together for Symphony No. 1, it was proposed that one of the movements be written at a Grade 4 level of difficulty and that the movement would be able to stand alone in a concert setting. I wrote the third movement last with this in mind.  A number of performing ensembles within the consortium have indeed programmed this third movement as a stand alone work and have found it to be quite successful.

III. “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.” — Paul, writing to the early Greek Christians in Philippi. Philippians 1:3 King James Version

The third movement brings the listener to a welcome place – calm and unhurried, with dissonance at bay. In this turbulent, confusing world, comfort and solace can be found within the close relationships with friends and our reflections upon shared experiences. How grateful we should be for those lovely sustaining memories. An emotional wave of joy and appreciation washes over. More memories return before the movement ends in light.

This performance is by the Trinity University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, James Worman, conductor.

See the full score below. Suggested use:

Start playing the audio, then scroll down to the score and open it. Expand the score to full page and adjust more if needed for your viewing situation. While viewing the score, drag from the left to the right. The arrows change two pages at a time. Note: The third movement begins on p. 55 in the full score.