Chorale Prelude: O God Unseen

From Wind Repertory Project
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


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (required, important part)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Sax I-II
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

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


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


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Texas: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • The Hartt Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (John R. "Rusty" Koenig, conductor) - 30 September 2023
  • 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

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