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Exhortation and Praise

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

Subtitle: A Centenary Celebration for Winds

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 8:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters Music, through Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In parts:

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, m.15: 2nd note should be G, not B-flat
  • Chimes, m.15: 2nd note should be D-natural, not D-flat
  • Chimes, m.16: 1st note B-flat must be wrong, but there is no decisive solution. Possibly E-flat (4th higher).
  • Chimes, m.75,77: Should be F-natural, not F-sharp

Program Notes

This work was commissioned by Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in connection with it 100th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the band program at this institution. It was first performed there on April 12, 2003, by the Baylor University Wind Ensemble under the direction of the composer.

A single movement piece in two contrasting sections, Exhortation and Praise! is an attempt to portray musically the deep feeling aroused by two of the fundamental aspects of a religion among its adherents: the exhortation to purify and attain the highest perfection possible of one's soul, and praise as a joyful outpouring of love and thanks to the Almighty for His blessings.

All of the tonal colors of the modern, integrated wind orchestra are called upon, singly and in various combinations, in the development of the three main themes uniting these two movements into a single unified texture ending in a blaze of adoration and glory.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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  • Perusal score
  • Reed, A. (2003). Exhortation and Praise!: A Centenary Celebration for Winds [score]. Masters Music Publications: Boca Raton, Fla.