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Prayer & Canto


Genre: Wind Orchestra
# of Players: Standard
Level: 3.5 | Duration: 9:15
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2008

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    Prayer & Canto beautifully conceived piece rich with melodic invention and harmonic color. The two sections of the work differ in intent with one being sacred and the other secular. They serve somewhat different roles in that the first provides an element of mystical spirituality and the second of reassurance through the nobility and beauty of human emotion.

    Genre: Wind Orchestra | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 3.5 | Duration: 9:15

    Flute 1/2
    Oboe 1/2
    English Horn
    Solo Clarinet in Bb 1/2
    Clarinet in Bb 1
    Clarinet in Bb 2/3
    Bass Clarinet in Bb
    Contralto Clarinet in Eb
    Bassoon 1/2
    Alto Saxophone in Eb 1/2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Trumpet in Bb 1
    Trumpet in Bb 2/3
    Horn in F 1/3
    Horn in F 2/4
    Trombone 1/2
    Trombone 3
    Bass Trombone

    String Bass

    Bells, Chimes
    Percussion 1 (Tam-Tam, Suspended Cymbal)
    Percussion 2 (Bass Drum)

    Program Notes
    Commissioned by the University of Southern Mississippi Wind Symphony, Thomas V. Fraschillo, Conductor

    Prayer and Canto is a lyric work in two parts. Both works are inspired by love – the first “sacred” and the second “secular.” In Prayer, plaintive melodic material creates a mystical atmosphere of gentle spirituality. The scoring, while at times transparent, gives way, often, to vibrant richness. A warm interlude joins Prayer to Canto. In Canto, modal melodies unfold over a compelling ostinato. The work grows steadily in polyphonic intensity culminating in an emotional ending of powerful nobility.

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