Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu
For Grade 4.5 Wind Ensemble
Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu is inspired by a Buddhist prayer chant. Translated from Pali, it means “all beings, happy may they be”, and as the first installment of my Tellus Cantus series I could
think of no better phrase. Opening with an ethereal and meditative drone, the trance builds and is interrupted, and then builds again until the theme is introduced, first by the piccolo and then echoed by the ensemble. As the movement progresses, the melody breaks down and is replaced by a chorale setting of the original chant in the saxophones and mallet instruments.
After a winding solo section featuring Oboe and Udu drum, the theme is reintroduced and driven towards a glorious finale which winds down to the original meditative theme. Influenced by
Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan ideas, Sabbe Satta Sukhi Hontu is a synthesis of, and tribute to the light and happiness that these cultures bring to our world.
Udu Drum (can be replaced by hand drum)