Chorale and Alleluia (Hanson)

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Howard Hanson

Howard Hanson

General Info

Year: 1954
Duration: c. 5:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score & Parts - $110.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional, doubling Bass 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-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum


  • See Frederick Fennell's article in BDGuide magazine, cited in the Resources field below.

Program Notes

Chorale and Alleluia was completed in January 1954, and was Dr. Hanson's first work for symphonic band. It was given its premiere on February 26th at the convention of the American Bandmasters Association at West Point with Colonel William Santelmann, leader of the U.S. Marine Band, conducting.

The composition opens with a fine flowing chorale. Soon the joyous Alleluia theme appears and is much in evidence throughout. A bold statement of a new melody makes its appearance in lower brasses in combination with the above themes. The effect is one of cathedral bells, religious exaltation, solemnity, and dignity. The music is impressive, straightforward, and pleasingly non-dissonant, and its resonance and sonority are ideally suited to the medium of the modern symphonic band.

- Program Note provided by Carl Fischer Music

Chorale and Alleluia is a great piece for teaching high school musicians about contrasting styles and articulations. It is traditionally tonal and fulfills harmonic expectations; at the same time, the piece presents valuable challenges. Time signature changes are frequent, encouraging performers to constantly look ahead and to become actively engaged in the overall ensemble performance. As with many band works from the 1950s, Chorale and Alleluia is scored in a tutti fashion, promoting a sense of security for younger players.

- Notes from Great Music for Wind Band


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • California: V Class A
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Massachusetts: IV
  • Michigan: AA
  • Minnesota: Category 2
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • New York: V
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V
  • MusicFest Canada: B400


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  • Community Band of Brevard (Merritt Island, Fla.) (Robin Kessler, conductor) – 17 May 2023 (ACB 2023 Annual Convention (Orlando, Fla.))
  • East Texas Baptist University (Marshall) Symphonic Band (Nathan G. Phillips, conductor) - 3 March 2022
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Amanda Greenbacker-Mitchell, conductor) - 16 November 2021
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Concert Winds (Imran Amarshi, conductor) - 8 October 2021
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor) - 21 April 2021
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) University Band (Shaylee Croxall, conductor) - 6 April 2021
  • McClellan College (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Jon Conrad, conductor) - 13 October 2020
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Symphonic Band (T. André Fagin, conductor) - 5 May 2020 (planned but cancelled)
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony (Susan Evans, conductor) – 12 March 2020
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Doris Doyon, conductor) – 10 March 2020
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Chris Kaatz, conductor) – 30 January 2020
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Concert Band (T.J. Womack, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (John Leonard, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Marietta (Ohio) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Schletter, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jared Chase, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chickasha) (Kaleb Benda, conductor) - 18 November 2019
  • Eastman Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Frederick Fennell, conductor) – 17 December 1954

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