We Gather Together, by Adrianus Valerius
Arranged for Brass Ensemble by John W. Pratt
Quartet version: Score and Parts for C-Trumpet-1, C-Trumpet-2, F Horn, and Trombone;
Quintet version: Score and Parts for C-Trumpet-1, C-Trumpet-2, F Horn, Trombone, and Tuba;
Edition includes both Quartet and Quintet versions; PDF $7.99
Wilt heden nu treden, nowadays more commonly known as We Gather Together, is a Christian hymn of Dutch origin composed by Adrianus Valerius and first published in 1626 (imslp.org); it was later harmonized by Eduard Kremser (en.wikipedia.org). In the United States, We Gather Together is the most popular song traditionally associated with the Thanksgiving holiday. The Thanksgiving tradition in the Pratt household goes back as far as John Pratt (b. 1931) can remember, and when it fell to him to play all three stanzas at his family's annual gathering, he got interested in livening it up. He has now created an arrangement of We Gather Together for brass ensemble that lends new excitement and interesting harmonies to this old favorite. The opportunistic half-step modulations introduced to help amateur voices warm up also brighten successive stanzas for brass. The Noteworthy Sheet Music edition includes two variations of...