Inspired by the courage of our men and women in uniform, "Soldiers of Destiny" is an original setting of the traditional hymn, "Onward, Christian Soldiers" (lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould and music by Sir Arthur Sullivan). It has an uptempo, multi-metered approach to the hymn, incorporating unexpected and refreshing harmonic and rhythmic twists into the work. It also quotes portions of 2 other war songs ("When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "It's a Long Way to Tipperary") and uses original material to make a musical statement about war, Manifest Destiny and their effect on the individual.
The hymn is also the favored processional of the Salvation Army.
"Soldiers of Destiny" by Mark Wolfram is a GRADE
4 concert band composition for high school, college and community bands. Crucial solo and accompaniment parts are well cued. The duration is approximately 6:15. This piece is enlivening to the audience and most enjoyable for the performers.
A complete set of full-sized parts and a bound, transposed
full score are included. Available only through this website from
Sound Studio Publications. The instrumentation/parts distribution for each set is as follows: