Prelude on a Gregorian Tune

From Wind Repertory Project
David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 1981
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
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 I-II, including

  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The tune which inspired the Prelude on a Gregorian Tune originated in the Liber Usualis, the traditional book of words and music for Christian services. The music is from a short Responsory.

Christ, Son of the Living God, Have mercy on us

Prelude on a Gregorian Tune evokes the ancient Christian mysticism as found in the music and words of Gregorian chants. This mild and harmonious work is a non-sectarian piece, which emerges as a small ritornello form, ababa.

- Program Note by composer

Exquisite, quietly emotional writing from the composer of Rollo Takes a Walk. Maslanka artfully employs the full sonority of the band as he weaves ingenious harmonic structures through this simple, ancient tune.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Tennessee: III
  • Virginia: III


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Maslanka, D. (1986). Prelude on a Gregorian Tune [score]. Neil A. Kjos: San Diego, Calif.
  • Perusal score