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Spiritual

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H. Owen Reed

H Owen Reed


General Info

Year: 1948 / 2004
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ballerbach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
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 Cornet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Marimba
  • Tom-Toms (2: tunable)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Spiritual was commissioned by Leonard Falcone and the Michigan State University Band and was premiered by that ensemble in 1947. It represents Reed's first work for band, and is one of the earliest attempts at incorporating elements of bebop jazz into a work for concert band. Spiritual is based on his recollection of overhearing the exuberant religious expression of African American churchgoers while passing by their churches as a child. Built on two themes, the opening is a chant-like section followed by a low brass motive which grows into a jazz-influenced section and culminates with the full ensemble on the opening theme.

- Program Note by Elin Thomas for the Ohlone Concert Band


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