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Prelude and Chorale

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Vaclav Nelhybel

Vaclav Nelhybel

General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alliance Publications Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00   |   Score Only: $10.00


Full Score
Solo Instrument
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet (Contrabass)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Prelude and Chorale on Svaty Vaclave was commissioned by the Czech Music Alliance - Joel Blahnik and Anita Smisek - in 1987 and premiered by them with euphonium and organ in New Prague, Minnesota (St. Wenceslaus Church, December 6, 1988). Later, in early 1992, Nelhybel transcribed it for symphonic band as an extension of his gratitude to Joel Blahnik for finding and meeting his oldest son while visiting Prague, Czechoslovakia (still under communist regime at that time) with whom he had lost contact with for many years. Bridging this relationship gave Nelhybel new life and the proud realization of being a grandfather as well.

Prelude and Chorale for Symphonic Band received its premiere on April 13, 1992 at the Czech Music Festival organized and conducted by Peter Schmalz, Band Director at Oshkosh North High School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Joel Blahnik was the Euphonium soloist.

As with many of his compositions, Nelhybel often employed thematic material from his musical heritage and native land. This work, originally for organ and trombone or euphonium, is a prelude on the theme of the second oldest extant chant from the 12th century known and sung by the Czech people - a prayer to the patron saint of their country, pleading St. Wenceslas (10th Century Prince of the Czech Lands) to preserve it from perishing. This venerated chant takes the form of a kyrielle, each verse, after invoking the intercession of St Vaclav on behalf of his people, ends with the Kyrie eleison. Further verses, in litany form, call upon the other Czech patron saints - Ludmilla, Prokop, John Nepomuk and Agnes. It also became a famous ceremonial song bonding the people together.

Program Note from the Published Score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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