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Chorale and Alleluia (Hanson)

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Howard Hanson

Howard Hanson


General Info

Year: 1954
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score & Parts - $110.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (Suspended)
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum


Errata

  • See Frederick Fennell's article in BDGuide magazine, cited in the Additional Resources below.


Program Notes

Chorale and Alleluia was completed in January 1954, and was Dr. Hanson's first work for symphonic band. It was given its premiere on February 26th at the convention of the American Bandmasters Association at West Point with Colonel William Santelmann, leader of the U.S. Marine Band, conducting.

The composition opens with a fine flowing chorale. Soon the joyous Alleluia theme appears and is much in evidence throughout. A bold statement of a new melody makes its appearance in lower brasses in combination with the above themes. The effect is one of cathedral bells, religious exaltation, solemnity, and dignity. The music is impressive, straightforward, and pleasingly non-dissonant, and its resonance and sonority are ideally suited to the medium of the modern symphonic band.

- Program Note provided by Carl Fischer Music


Chorale and Alleluia is a great piece for teaching high school musicians about contrasting styles and articulations. It is traditionally tonal and fulfills harmonic expectations; at the same time, the piece presents valuable challenges. Time signature changes are frequent, encouraging performers to constantly look ahead and to become actively engaged in the overall ensemble performance. As with many band works from the 1950s, Chorale and Alleluia is scored in a tutti fashion, promoting a sense of security for younger players.

- Notes from Great Music for Wind Band


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • California: V Class A
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Iowa: IV
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Massachusetts: IV
  • Michigan: AA
  • Minnesota: Category 2
  • Mississippi: IV-A, V-A, VI-A
  • New York: V
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (John Leonard, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Marietta (Ohio) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Schletter, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (David Holsinger, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chickasha) (Kaleb Benda, conductor) - 18 November 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 12 November 2019
  • North Carolina State University (Raleigh) Wind Ensemble (Paul Garcia, conductor) – 5 November 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 12 November 2019
  • University of Nevada Reno Concert Winds (Reed Chamberlin, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • Concordia University (Seward, Neb.) Symphonic Band (Andrew Schultz, conductor) – 22 October 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor)– 18 September 2019
  • Quad City Wind Ensemble (Davenport, Iowa) (Brian Hughes, conductor) – 11 May 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Kevin Gray Richardson, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson University Band (David Stanley, conductor) – 19 April 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Monday Night Concert Band (Joshua Davis, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Cody Lassinger, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • The Hartt Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (Haksong Lee, conductor) – 30 March 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (David M. Jacobs, conductor) – 12 March 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Brett Penshorn, conductor) - 14 November 2018
  • Eastman Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Frederick Fennell, conductor) – 17 December 1954


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