by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –
“Lyrical settings by Robert Sheldon are always worth your time”.
This is how I chose to begin my write-up for this title, and in short, enough said. Sheldon has a propensity for writing full, lush harmonic arrangements that are great vehicles for developing ensemble musicianship – especially for young bands. Look no further than his gorgeous An Australian Sea Ballad for additional proof.
In the case of The Spirit of Thanksgiving, he has not only woven together two very familiar hymn tunes (We Gather Together; Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow) in a lovely concert presentation, but given us a wonderful programming option. While haunting Halloween and celebratory Christmas selections are a dime a dozen, finding a work that highlights the uniqueness and gratitude of Thanksgiving is all but impossible. Soft and reflective, yet powerful, this work is…
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