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Imperial Prelude

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Rolf Rudin

Rolf Rudin

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This work bears the designation Opus 15.

General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edition Flor
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $240.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


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Program Notes

My first composition for symphonic wind orchestra, Imperial Prelude was written in 1989 during my time as a clarinet player in one of the German Military Bands. At this time I studied composition and conducting at the Musikhochschule in Würzburg, and when I was asked to compose something for this band I got challenged to start a work. All the impressions of wind band literature I got there influenced my piece. Finally the All State Wind Orchestra of Baden-Württemberg under the baton of Harry D. Bath premiered Imperial Prelude, and I think this was the initial for my interest and engagement in writing for symphonic wind orchestras and ensembles till now.

Imperial Prelude is in my opinion an exciting and colorful piece which could be played as an opener as well as a highlight of a concert program. Each musician - and the audience too - will experience a very special challenge in this well-scored and energetic piece which has interesting harmonic progressions, dissonant culminations and an expressive hymn-like melodic line which leads the dramatic architecture to a brilliant finale.

- Program Note by composer


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