"The Champions" March by Willcox -- question.....

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  1. jobriant

    jobriant Member

    In the TRIO of "The Champions," there's a phrase that sounds vaguely familiar. It is a quotation from another march, or perhaps a hymn?

    The TRIO begins with a 4-measure introduction. Then there's a 32-measure strain, and then a fanfare-like section that lasts 8 measures.

    Next comes the passage in question; it's 16 measures long. (It's then followed by a final 32-measure strain.) Can anyone tell me if that 16-measure passage is a quotation from another source? The end of it sounds like "Onward Christian Soldiers," but the rest of it rings familiar as well.


    Jim O'Briant
    Gilroy, California, USA
    Conductor, The Pacific Brass Band
    The Pacific Brass Band
  2. Gadgie

    Gadgie New Member

    JUDAS MACCABEUS is an arrangement of a tune from the chorus "See, the Conquering Hero Comes" in Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabeus (first performed without this chorus in 1746). Handel initially used the tune in his oratorio Joshua (1747) but transferred it to Judas Maccabeus in 1751; such changes were common in Handel's operas and oratorios. Handel is reported to have said to a friend, "you will live to see it [the tune] a greater favorite with the people than my other finer things."

    The tune's first appearance in a hymnal was probably in Thomas Butts's Harmonia Sacra (around 1760) where it was set to Charles Wesley's "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" (388). This melody, also known as MACCABEUS, is the setting for Edmond Budry's Easter text "A toi la gloire" ("Thine Be the Glory") in a number of modern hymnals.
  3. jobriant

    jobriant Member

    Thank you !!!!!!!

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