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Vaclav Nelhybel

Vaclav Nelhybel


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General Info

Year: 1965
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-alto Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Chorale is based on a medieval Bohemian chant whose words are a desperate plea to St. Wenceslaus, the first king of Bohemia, not to forsake his people or to let them perish. This highly emotional chant, born out of fear of the plague, has been sung in Bohemia for centuries during times of war and danger.

At the beginning of the Chorale, a threatening atmosphere is evoked from which voices of despair emerge with the ancient chant emotionally pleading for help. However, the character of the composition gradually changes until the work closes within an ecstatic hymn of hope. In this composition, the composer combined the modern concept of symphonic sound with the voice-leading techniques of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, in order to communicate the ancient theme to a contemporary audience.

- Program Note from Lee University Wind Ensemble concert program, 28 November 2017


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links

Sample download; ensemble and conductor unknown


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Ripon (Wisc.) College Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Kurt Dietrich, conductor) - 2 May 2018
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 28 November 2017
  • Sacramento State Concert Band (Dr. Robert Halseth, conductor) - 28 November 2012
  • Binghamton High School Wind Ensemble (Joel Smales, conductor ) - 21 December 2009


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Nelhybel, V. (1965). Chorale : For Symphonic Band. Colombo: New York.