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Prelude and Fugue in F minor

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Houston Bright

Houston Bright


General Info

Year: 1960
Duration: c. 6:25
Difficulty: VI
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score & Parts - $65.00    |    Score Only - $13.00


Movements (played without pause)

1. Prelude: Poco lento e deliberato molto (♩ = c. 64) —
Allegro scherzando (♩ = c. 140) — Tempo I
2. Fugue: Lento moderato (half-note = c. 72)


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flutes I–II
Oboes I–II
Bassoons I–II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinets I–II–III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet>br />

B-flat Contrabass Clarinet

E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I–II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I–II–III
B-flat Trumpet I–II
Horn in F I–II–III
Trombone I–II–III
Euphonium
Tuba/String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In this work Bright made effective use of contemporary dissonances while staying within the traditional prelude and fugue form. The slow prelude is almost harsh in its dissonances, while the fugue has more traditional harmonies. Thus the tension of the opening is relieved by the movement and relative consonance of the finale.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


In May 1975, Houston Bright's Prelude and Fugue in F minor was among works named by the National Association for Music Education's Bicentennial Commission for inclusion on a Selective List of American Music for the Bicentennial Celebration. Compositions so honored were chosen by the College Band Directors National Association and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, with assistance from Bicentennial Commission members Professor George H. Kyme and Dr. Frank Anthony Bencriscutto.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Westminster College (New Wilmington, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (R. Tad Greig, conductor) - 30 April 2021
  • The Lexington (Mass.) Bicentennial Band (Jeff Leonard, conductor) - 30 January 2011
  • Indiana All-State High School Band (Joseph Scagnoli, conductor) - 13 March 2005


Works for Winds by This Composer


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