Just a Closer Walk with Thee – Theme and Variations

Chamber Ensemble: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, tuba, and violin
Completed: 9/18/13; Premiered: 9/24/13
Unpublished – Contact the composer

This piece was written in memory of the composer’s 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…