Praeludium (tr Glover)
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
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
- Bass Drum
None discovered thus far.
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
- Audio CD: Washington Winds (Edward S. Petersen, conductor) - 2016
- Florida: III
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Fort Clarke Middle School (Gainesville, Fla.) Symphonic Band (Everett McConn, conductor) – 1 March 2018
- St. Joseph (Mo.) Christian School Junior High/ High School Band – January 2017
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Introduction and Dance
- Praeludium (tr. Glover) (1901/2016)
- Praeludium (tr. Slocum) (1901/1967)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Armas Järnefelt." Accessed 11 April 2015.
- Perusal score
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 326.