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Praeludium (tr Glover)

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Armas Järnefelt

Armas Jarnefelt (trans. Andrew Glover)

General Info

Year: 1901 / 2016
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chamber orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $74.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This short prelude was composed for chamber orchestra and premiered in 1901 in Vyborg, Finland (now Russia), with Järnefelt conducting. It has been described as a "sparkling bit of gossamer in a world of noise."

In this tasteful arrangement by Andrew Glover, the work opens with a short introduction leading to a brisk march theme by the oboe with a light, brass quintet accompaniment. Later the woodwinds introduce new melodic material over a drone bass followed by a return to the principal theme and important solos by flute, oboe, and hor. The piece ends with a series of quiet, staccato eighth notes.

-Program Note adapted from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Florida: III


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