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Vaclav Nelhybel

Vaclav Nelhybel

General Info

Year: 1965
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Chorale is based on a medieval Bohemian chant whose words are a desperate plea to St. Wenceslaus, the first king of Bohemia, not to forsake his people or to let them perish. This highly emotional chant, born out of fear of the plague, has been sung in Bohemia for centuries during times of war and danger.

At the beginning of the Chorale, a threatening atmosphere is evoked from which voices of despair emerge with the ancient chant emotionally pleading for help. However, the character of the composition gradually changes until the work closes within an ecstatic hymn of hope. In this composition, the composer combined the modern concept of symphonic sound with the voice-leading techniques of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, in order to communicate the ancient theme to a contemporary audience.

- Program Note from Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 28 November 2017


Sample download; ensemble and conductor unknown

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 21 February 20232
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 22 November 2022
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 21 July 2022 WASBE Conference (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 16 November 2021
  • Ripon (Wisc.) College Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Kurt Dietrich, conductor) - 2 May 2018
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 28 November 2017
  • Sacramento State Concert Band (Dr. Robert Halseth, conductor) - 28 November 2012
  • Binghamton High School Wind Ensemble (Joel Smales, conductor ) - 21 December 2009

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Nelhybel, V. (1965). Chorale : For Symphonic Band. Colombo: New York.