A magnificent major work based on the German chorale 'Was Lebet' (O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness). The piece is made up of five contrasting variations. A majestic, fanfare-like section opens the work, leading into a giocoso classical-style variation. The beautiful Variation 2 is reflective and plaintive, while the next variation is somewhat quirky and volatile in nature. There is a French romantic feel to Variation 4, with a playful waltz providing scope for various soloists around the band to display their musicianship. Variation 5 is fugal in nature, with each section of the band being handed the theme at various points. The sense of motion builds gradually to a grandiose presentation of the theme, the first time that it is heard in its full form, bringing the work to a thrilling, majestic conclusion. *Please note audio and video are of the brass band version.


To view The International Staff Band performing the brass band version of the work, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCxs7SpulHY


PDF download includes score and full set of parts.


Sheet music available from :

UK: www.wind-band-music.co.uk

USA: www.solidbrassmusic.com


Difficulty Level: Advanced




Flute 1-2

Oboe 1

Oboe 2/English Horn

Bassoon 1-2


Clarinet in Bb 1-3

Bass Clarinet in Bb

Alto Saxophone 1-2

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone 

Trumpet in Bb 1-3

Horn in F 1-4

Trombone 1-2

Bass Trombone



Double Bass


Percussion 1-4

Variations on Was Lebet - Wind Band (Andrew Wainwright)