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Cathedrals

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Kathryn Salfelder

Kathryn Salfelder


General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $112.00  |   Score Only - $17.75


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Soprano Saxophone
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) 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)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Cymbal (small and medium suspended)
  • Glockenspiel (Bells)
  • Marimba
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Toms (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

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.


Awards

  • ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize (2008)


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • 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
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 6 April 2019
  • Michigan Youth Symphonic Band (Ann Arbor) (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 18 March 2019
  • University of California Berkeley Wind Ensemble I (Matthew Sadowski, conductor) – 17 March 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Michael Roeder, conductor) – 22 February 2019
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Pamela L. Klena, conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • Martin Luther College (New Ulm, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Miles Wurster, conductor) – 17 February 2019
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) Wind Symphony (Carter Biggers, conductor) – 12 February 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Michael Roeder, conductor) – 7 February 2019
  • Northern Symphonic Winds (Potsdam, N.Y.) (James T. Madeja, conductor) – 26 January 2019
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 17 November 2018
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) Wind Symphony (Carter Biggers, conductor) – 10 November 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Symphony (Stephen G. Peterson, conductor) – 4 November 2018


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