Grade 3 1/2 (4:00)
|Christopher J. Tootle|
"While contemplating an appropriate title, I remembered one of my favorite childhood Bible verses: My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. -James 1:2-6 KJV The key words of James 1:2 are all joy, and these words remind me to live with joy all the time in the light of Christ and the salvation that He brings. The all joy motif is the melodic fourth first heard in the muted brass and then traded by most of the other instruments as the piece develops. The main melody (first introduced in the flute) was created while improvising in a practice room on my primary instrument, the trumpet. I consider the ability to create music a gift from God and this piece is a gift back to Him. I thank God for His love, His gift of music, and for the ability to live joyfully at all times, no matter the circumstances."