Below you will find Brian's larger works. The Alamo for Concert Band, The Seven Last Words of Christ, for SATB Choir, Organ, and Orchestra and When Morning Broke the Sky for SATB choir with full orchestration. You will find these works to be stunning in effect, personally meaningful and musically satisfying. Thanks for stopping by!!
The Alamo remains today one of America’s bastion’s to independence. Bought with the price of 189 lives, the story of the fight for this Texas gateway in San Antonio lives on today in a mixture of fondness, folk lore, and fable. The inspiration for this suite is two-fold: The writer’s memory of an early movie retelling of the story, starring John Wayne, and the writer’s first visit to the Alamo nearly 20 years later. Set in three movements, this suite tells the story of the west’s most oft-told tale. Movement one, Ole’ Dan Tucker Hoedown, sets the stage, depicting a carefree, open range expression of the western spirit. This movement utilizes the folk melody of “Ole’ Dan Tucker” and involves a toe-tappin’, foot-stompin’ celebration of the soul of the wild west, similar to what those in the Alamo might have celebrated just before the siege began. Movement two, The Battle, depicts the final confrontation of the siege. The mood sobers instantly, as fiddles and washboards are quickly exchanged for muskets and gunpowder. Listen for the winds blowing across the tumbleweeds, followed by the approach of Santa Anna’s mass of soldiers. Next, you will hear the valiant Crockett’s Theme in a minor key, played by the French Horns. The Battle ends in a final volley of cannon and gunpowder explosions. In the final movement, Chorale: In Memorial, Crockett’s Theme resurfaces in a major key, recalling the courageous sacrifices of champions like Davy Crockett, Col. William Travis, Jim Bowie, and the other heroes whose sacrifice has gifted us with a fierce freedom that causes us to raise the cry, “Remember The Alamo.” -Brian Childers, August 10, 2007
Commissioned for the Caldwell All-County Band Clinic 2007 Grade V; Performance time: 8:00
New musical setting of Christ's seven last words. This composition pairs Christ's words with other related texts in a beautiful and lush setting. Following the form of Dubois' classic work, this setting utilizes an "earthquake" organ solo prior to the closing words of the Centurion "Surely this man was the son of God." (Note: This is NOT in an arrangement or re-working of Dubois' work. It is all originally composed music with addition texts). SATB with divisi and solos. Organ. Full scoring includes strings, harp, oboe, and timpani. See below to purchase full score and parts. License includes rights for up to 50 copies. Contact the composer if additional copies are needed. Performance Time: 35 Minutes
THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST (CONDUCTOR SCORE & PARTS)
Conductor's score and all instrumental parts (Organ, Oboe, Violin 1, 2, Viola, 'Cello, Bass, Harp, Timpani, Organ). Score and parts are provided via email in PDF format.
When Morning Broke The Sky (Choral/Piano Score)
A cross on a hill, a stone rolled away, and broken relationships restored. It could only be the work of the Creator. It could only be the work of a Savior. It all happened when morning broke the sky. Take a journey to the cross, to the empty tomb, and celebrate the resurrection in this powerful dramatic retelling of the Easter Story. SATB choir with soloists, piano accompaniment, optional full orchestral accompaniment, and optional narration and drama.
When Morning Broke the Sky (Conductor Score/Parts)
Conductor's score and all instrumental parts (Full Orchestra with sub parts for Saxophone and String Reduction). Score and parts are provided via email in PDF format.