To Those Who Serve

Adolphus Hailstork

Duration: 7:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental Only

Quick Overview

This is an overture for orchestra written for the 2017 -2018 season opening of SYMPHONICITY, the orchestra of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Virginia Beach is part of Hampton Roads in Southeast Virginia. The area has a one of the most important ports on the east coast of the United States, a beloved beach and serves as the home of one of the world’s greatest naval bases."Eternal Father, Strong to Save" is a hymn traditionally associated with seafarers, particularly in the maritime armed services. Written in 1860, its author William Whiting was inspired by the dangers of the sea described in Psalm 107. It was popularized by the Royal Navy and the United States Navy in the late 19th century, and variations of it were soon adopted by many branches of the armed services in the United Kingdom and the United States. Services who have adapted the hymn include the Royal Marines, Royal Air Force, the British Army, the United States Coast Guard and the United States Marine Corps, as well as many navies of the British Commonwealth. Accordingly, it is known by many names, variously referred to as the Hymn of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, the Royal Navy Hymn, the United States Navy Hymn (or just The Navy Hymn), and sometimes by the last line of its first verse, "For Those in Peril on the Sea". The hymn has a long tradition in civilian maritime contexts as well, being regularly invoked by ship's chaplains and sung during services on ocean crossings.

Scores & Parts

To Those Who Serve - Full Score - Study
To Those Who Serve - Full Score - Large

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by Symphonicity in Honor of Dr. & Mrs. Leo & Isabel Brown for a Life of Service filled with Love, Joy and Adventure.
Composition Date 2017-2018
Orchestration 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 1Perc. Str.