Just a Closer Walk with Thee — Theme and Variations

  • Chamber Ensemble: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, tuba, and violin
  • Completed: 18 September 2013; Premiered: 24 September 2013
  • Unpublished – Contact the Composer

This piece was written in memory of my father, John Franklin Bowyer, who passed away on September 25, 2012. The work opens with a trombone statement of the melody, followed by an ensemble variation. Each of the seven members of the ensemble is the featured soloist on one the next seven variations, followed by a restatement of the ensemble variation. The piece closes with a vocal refrain accompanied by tuba, clarinet, and an improvised jazz trombone obbligato. The audience is encouraged to join the performers in singing.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord…

Don Bowyer · Just a Closer Walk with Thee — Theme and Variations — Premiere

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