Christian Soldiers is an excerpt from the first movement of The Great War Symphony and is, in part, Patrick’s homage to Elgar. This version for SATB choir is a direct transcription of Patrick’s original arrangement for orchestra. The rich sustained string textures of the original transfer well to the manual and pedal of the organ, while the four-part harmony of the choir singing Arthur Sullivan’s well-known hymn tune ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ create a sound world which is perfect as an introit or anthem. This is one of several versions Patrick has created as free downloads for the public to perform in commemorations of WWI.
The Free Sheet Music Download file contains the Vocal Score.
N.B. The sound clip is of the original orchestral version.
This is one of several versions Patrick has created as free downloads for the public to start playing in commemorations of WWI. Other versions available for free include:
The Vocal Score and Full Score of The Great War Symphony will be available from early 2018. Click here for more information about the project on Patrick’s website.