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Jesse Ayers

Jesse Ayers

General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 25:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jesse Ayers
Cost: Score & parts $250    Score & PDF parts $160    Score only $65


1. The Incantations of the Prophets of Baal
2. The Prayer of Elijah (accompanied euphonium solo)
3. The Fire of the Living God

Individual movements can stand alone are are available separately


There are two versions available, expanded instrumentation (for surround-sound brass choirs on either side of audience); and reduced instrumentation (smaller sized concert bands)

Flute I-II (expanded version includes divisi a4 in movement III)
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (tacet in movement I, behind audience in movements II and III)
Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III (6 trumpets in expanded version, 3 left and 3 right)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III (4 trombones in expanded version, 2 left and 2 right)
Euphonium (2 euphonium parts in expanded version, 1 left/1 right)
Tuba (2 tuba parts in expanded version 1 left/1 right)
Percussion I-II-III (5 percussionists in expanded version), including:

  • Bass drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Cowbell
  • Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra bells (glockenspiel)
  • Snare drum
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-toms (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Whistling tubes behind audience, played by 4-8 extra people see photo of tube (scroll down to bottom of linked page)


None discovered thus far.

Program Note

A composition in three movements for wind orchestra (symphonic band). The title refers to the great confrontation between the Old Testament prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal recorded in I Kings 18. In the expanded instrumentation version, the brass are split into two antiphonal choirs on either side of the audience. The two alto saxes are behind the audience for movements II and III, as are 4-8 extra persons playing whistling tubes see photo. The middle movement is a lightly-accompanied extended solo for euphonium with echoes coming from from the two alto saxes in the rear two corners of the hall.

The work was begun in March 1994 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, while the composer was an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and was completed in Knoxville, Tennessee, the following March. The work received its premiere in 1995 by the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble under the direction of Richard Clary and has been recorded by the Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler. This composition has been supported with grants from the American Music Center and Meet The Composer.

- Program Note by Jesse Ayers

This work was a Finalist for 2013 American Prize for Composition - Band Division. Movement III selected by international jury to represent the USA at the 2003 World Music Days in Slovenia. Movement III was also selected by national jury (U.S.) to be performed at the 2005 Society of Composers National Conference.

I have conducted this work on several occasions and it always blows the audience away. —Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, Valparaiso University


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Windiana Concert Band (Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor) - November 2011
  • University of Rhode Island Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Gene Pollart, conductor) - March 2011
  • Wind Orchestra of the Music Academy of Castelo de Paiva, Spain, (Hugo Lopes, conducting) - October 2010
  • Rossview Hich School Symphonic Band (Brock Cobb, conductor) - May 2010, Clarksville TN
  • Concordia University Irvine Wind Orchestra (Jeff Held, conductor) - October 2009, tour venues in TX and CA
  • University of North Carolina Greensboro Wind Ensemble (John Locke, conductor) - October 2005
  • Malone College Symphonic Band (Jonathan Willis, conductor) - April 2004
  • Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band (Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor) - March 2004, various tour venues n CA
  • California State University Bakersfield Concert Band (Doug Davis, conductor) - November 2003
  • The Slovenian Armed Forces Orchestra (Milivoj Surbek, conductor) - September 2003 at World Music Days Festival, Slovenia
  • Ohio Private Colleges Honors Band (John Owen, conductor) - January 2002
  • Heidelberg College Symphonic Band (John Owen, conductor) - April 2001
  • Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band (Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor) - March 2000, performances in NY, OH, & Ontario
  • Concordia University Chicago Wind Symphony (Richard Fischer, conductor) - March 2000, various tour venues in CA
  • Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band (Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor) - October 1999
  • Symposium XXI for New Band Music, The Virginia Intercollegiate Band (Jesse Ayers, conductor) - February 1996
  • The University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble (Richard Clary, conductor) - April 1995

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