Chorale Prelude: Turn Not Thy Face

From Wind Repertory Project
Vincent Persichetti

Vincent Persichetti

This work bears the designation Opus 105.

General Info

Year: 1963 / 1968
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.50

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Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Turn Not Thy Face was commissioned by the Ithaca (New York) High School Band in memory of President John F. Kennedy. Frank Battisti conducted the premiere on May 17, 1967. Because of his early experience as a church choir organist, it was not surprising that some of Persichetti's most performed works were for church use. Turn Not Thy Face was the fifth composition to include material from his own Hymns and Responses for the Church Year. This collection, according to Persichetti, contains a "distilled thematic substance so potent it seems impossible for me to keep larger works from growing out of these yeasty cells."

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Tennessee: III
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Persichetti, V. (1968). Chorale Prelude: Turn Not Thy Face: For Band, Op. 105 [score]. Elkan-Vogel, Philadelphia, Penn.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 475.