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Chorale Prelude: O God Unseen

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Vincent Persichetti

Vincent Persichetti


General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Elkan Vogel, Inc / Theodore Preser Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $2.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet (required, important part)
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Sax I-II
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Snare Drum (medium)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle (medium)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Commissioned by the North Carolina Bandmasters Association (Eastern Division) for the University of East Carolina Wind Ensemble and Herbert Carter, Chorale Prelude: O God Unseen was Vincent Persichetti's final work for band. Based on the composer's sixteenth chorale from Hymns and Responses for the Church Year (based on a text by Edward Osler), the work is a serene, calm, reflective meditation on Persichetti's last days. When commissioned, Herbert Carter asked Persichetti not to write a part for alto clarinet, as the ensemble did not have a player for the part. Either through miscommunication or mischief, Persichetti ended up writing much of the lyrical line for the alto clarinet (doubled by the flute).

-Program Note by Nikk Pilato


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Texas: V


Performances

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  • Swarthmore (Penn.) College Wind Ensemble (Andrew Hauze, conductor) – 14 April 2018
  • University of Georgia Concert Winds (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 28 April 2011
  • Florida State University Symphonic Band (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - Spring 2006


Works for Winds by this Composer


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