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Alleluia! Laudamus Te

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

Subtitle: A Celebration Hymn for Winds, Percussion, and Optional Organ

General Info

Year: 1973
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


  • Baritone Saxophone, m.7: Rhythm should be 8th, 4th, 8th, 4th, as it appears in the score
  • Bass Clarinet, m. 79: Note should be B-flat
  • Horn I-II-III-IV, m.98: Rhythm should be 8th, 4th, 8th, 8th, 8th rest, as it appears in the score

Program Notes

Alleluia! Laudamus Te is a hymn of praise without words, with the band serving as a single massive choir and, at times, broken down into individual sections, each performing as a separate choir. The music is based on three main themes, the first being a massive chorale in the brass, the second a long flowing line in the horns and woodwinds, and the third a quasi-fanfare figure first heard in the trumpets and then spreading throughout the other sections of the orchestra as it is developed.

The work was commissioned by Richard S. Mountford and the Malone College Concert Band, which premiered the work, conducted by Reed, at its third annual band festival in February 1973.

- Program notes by William Johnson for the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 11 December 2011


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • California: IV Class B
  • Florida: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: Senior High A
  • Minnesota: II
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Varsity Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 21 February 2021
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.) Concert Band (Jonathan Sweet, conductor; Doug Fletcher, organ) - 22 November 2020
  • Messiah University (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (James Colonna, conductor) - 13 November 2020
  • Westminster College (New Wilmington, Penn.) Wind Ensemble(R. Tad Greig, conductor) - 13 November 2020
  • Grove City College (Grove City, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew. S. Erb, conductor) - 9 October 2020
  • Concordia University (River Forest, Ill.) University Band (Richard R. Fischer, conductor) – 8 November 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 16 October 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Daniel Farr, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Orchestra (James Patrick Miller, conductor) – 31 May 2019
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Concert Band (Heath Nails, conductor; Faythe Freese, organ) – 24 April 2019
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) – 7 April 2019
  • AUSA Military Band (Clovis, Calif.) (Monte Gmur, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 9 March 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band (Michael Robinson, conductor) – 18 February 2019
  • Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) Concert Band (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) – 16 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • West Valley Wind Ensemble (Sun City West, Ariz.) (Clark Chaffee, conductor) – 3 February 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Shawn Evans, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor; Mark Tucker, organ) – 21 October 2018
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Gary Green, conductor) – 22 December 2006 (2006 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Come, Sweet Death (Flex instrumentation) (as transcriber; arr. Benson) (1736/1976/2019)
  • Two Bagatelles (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1983/1997/2010)

All Wind Works


  • Reed, A. (1973) Alleluia! Laudamus Te : A Celebration Hymn for Winds, Percussion, and Optional Organ [score]. Piedmont Music: [s.l.]
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). ‘’Program Notes for Band.’’ Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 492.