Variations on O for a thousand tongues to sing for Wind Quartet




Based on the hymn by Charles Wesley

Each of the instruments has its turn to play the tune or varied versions of it.
The key sequence is:

C major using the basic statement with additional passing notes and decorations, with first flute taking the melody.

It then moves up in the 2nd verse to D dorian with a slightly renaissance feel, with clarinet taking the melody.

The 3rd verse, with bassoon on melody, goes on up to a jolly renaissance-style dance also in D Dorian, incorporating a mix of 3/4 and 6/8 rhythms.

The final verse goes back to the C major 4/4 version with additional decorations and passing notes, while also
occasionally reminding the audience of the 6/8-style contra-rhythms of the Dorian verses.
As you might expect, the oboe takes the melody here.