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The Day of Resurrection

Score and parts for ELLACOMBE arranged for the 5-part brass ensemble (two trumpets, two trombones, French horn) and timpani. Includes descant part. Contents include the score in legal format (horizontal), parts are US letter format.



Despite it's anglicized name, this is a German tune that appeared first in a songbook written in 1784 for the Duke of Würtemburg. Intended for use in the court's Roman Catholic chapel, the text was Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern ("Hail Mary, clearest and brightest morning star"). It reappeared, with some accumulated changes, as ELLACOMBE in the 1868 supplement to Hymns Ancient and Modern and applied to a children's hymn. The hymn 'The day of resurrection' is adapted from one of the eight Golden Canons for Easter, c. 750 in the Byzantine form of chant (kanon) developed by St. John of Damascus - the equivalent of Gregorian chant, and to whom the text is attributed - at a time when the eastern and western churches were united.

Descant verse for the Choir of St. Peter's Peterston for services featuring the new Nicholson organ at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales (see photos), Easter 2010. [Prologue and Bridge for John Merrill Russell, 2013.]


History of Hymns: "The Day of Resurrection", C. Michael Hawn, UMC Discipleship Ministries

Canon for Easter Day, Internet Sacred Text Archive, ff.


Current version

  • minor voice leading changes and annotations in timp
  • reformat score to landscape US Letter
  • re-sampled vocals and instrumentation

Previous versions

  • minor voice leading changes (organ)
  • New house styles / improved legibility

  • rephrased brass and organ incipit
  • minor adjustments to bridge
  • minor voice leading adjustments (organ)



  1. tweaked brass incipit and bridge
  2. minor voice leading adjustments (organ)


  1. rephrased brass incipit and bridge
  2. added score at concert pitch

v. 9.12.6

  1. Opening phrase rewritten - terraced voices redistributed, more dense
  2. Timpani part edited, cues added
  3. alternate part for Horn in no key signature, with all accidentals written in
  4. Edited passagework in brass sections
  5. Numerous small improvements to sheet music


1 The day of resurrection!
Earth, tell it out abroad;
the Passover of gladness,
the Passover of God.
From death to life eternal,
from this world to the sky,
our Christ hath brought us over
with hymns of victory.

2 Our hearts be pure from evil,
that we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal
of resurrection light;
and listening to his accents,
may hear, so calm and plain,
his own "All hail!" and hearing,
may raise the victor strain.

3 Now let the heav'ns be joyful,
let earth her song begin;
let all the world keep triumph,
and all that is therein;
let all things seen and unseen,
their notes let all things blend,
for Christ the Lord hath risen,
our joy that hath no end.

John of Damascus, early 8th C. Tr. John Mason Neale

Binding the score

For ease of page turns, the score has been formatted to US Letter, landscape orientation. This more compact size allows for use by from the organ bench, as well as by a conductor. The treatment below can be created for ~$10 by uploading the pdf to Staples; you can checkout as guest - an account is not needed.

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