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Kathryn Salfelder

Kathryn Salfelder

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts – $95.00   |   Score Only – $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV (antiphonal choirs)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV (antiphonal choirs)
Trombone I-II-III-IV (antiphonal choirs)
Tuba I-II (antiphonal choirs)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • China Cymbal
  • Crotales (2 octaves)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbals (2: small and medium)
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Toms (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Cathedrals is a fantasy on Gabrieli’s Canzon Primi Toni from the Sacrae Symphoniae, which dates from 1597. Written for St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, the canzon is scored for two brass choirs, each comprised of two trumpets and two trombones. The choirs were stationed in opposite balconies of the church according to the antiphonal principal of cori spezzati (broken choirs), which forms the basis of much of Gabrieli’s writing.

Cathedrals is an adventure in "neo-renaissance" music, in its seating arrangement, antiphonal qualities, 16th century counterpoint, and canonic textures. Its form is structured on the golden ratio (1:0.618), which is commonly found not only in nature and art, but also in the motets and masses of Renaissance composers such as Palestrina and Lassus. The areas surrounding the golden section and its series of extrapolated subdivisions have audible characteristics, often evidenced by cadences, changes in texture, or juxtaposition of ideas.

The work is a synthesis of the old and the new, evoking the mystery and allure of Gabrieli’s spatial music, intertwined with the rich color palette, modal harmonies, and textures of woodwinds and percussion.

- Program Note from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble concert program, 18 November 2011

Cathedrals was premiered on September 18, 2008, by conductor Gary W. Hill and the Arizona State University Wind Bands.


  • ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize, 2008, winner


State Ratings

  • Iowa: V
  • Kansas: V
  • Mississippi: Band Class 6A
  • North Carolina: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Pratik Gandhi, conductor) – 1 April 2023
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Symphony (Kevin Geraldi, conductor) - 24 February 2023
  • University of Delaware (Newark) Wind Ensemble (Katie Rice, graduate conductor) – 14 October 2022
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 20 April 2022
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Joel Pagan, conductor) – 29 March 2022
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Glenn C. Hayes, conductor) – 3 May 2021
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Bands (Robert Carnachan, conductor) – 2 May 2021
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Wind Ensemble (S. Franciosa, conductor) – 1 May 2021
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Daniel Cook, conductor) – 15 April 2021
  • South Dakota State University (Brookings) Wind Symphony (Jacob Wallace, conductor) – 12 February 2021
  • University of North Florida (Jacksonville) Wind Symphony (Erin Bodnar, conductor) – 16 November 2020
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) – 8 February 2020
  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • California State University, Fullerton, Wind Symphony (Dustin Barr, conductor) – 22 November 2019
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Symphony (Olin Hannum, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 2 November 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Janelle Brower, conductor) – 2 May 2019
  • Rhode Island (Woonsocket) Wind Ensemble (Robert Franzblau, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • Cleveland Winds (Cleveland, Ohio) (Birch Browning, conductor) – 7 April 2019
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Bands (Gary Hill, conductor) - 18 September 2008 *Premiere Performance*

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