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Variations on a Revolutionary Hymn

(1987)

Claude T. Smith, composer

This piece was the final major work from this eminent composer. It was commissioned by the United States Army Field Band, William Clark, Conductor, and premiered by that organization at Kennedy Center, Washington D. C. in September 1987. The concert was a gala affair marking the 200th anniversary of our constitution. The composition is based on the familiar hymn How Firm a Foundation, which first appeared in hymnals in 1787.

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