Chorale Prelude on a German Folk Tune

From Wind Repertory Project
James Barnes

James Barnes

This work bears the designation Opus 61.

General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 9:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $16.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Crotale (in F-sharp)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Commissioned by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma and dedicated to the memory of the composer's friend Andrew Gurwitz, the work is based on the J.S. Bach chorale Mein junges Leben hat ein End. This old tune's tragic text, its melancholy nature, and its haunting simplicity provided the appropriate thematic nucleus with which to compose a work expressing the sorrow and sympathy, the anguish and frustration, and the ultimate realization that one of us suddenly left in the prime of his life.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

  • Arkansas: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete


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  • Barnes, J. (1986). Chorale Prelude on a German Folk Tune [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tx.