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Gloriana, Frangipana

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David Dzubay

David Dzubay

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 7:35
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Pro Nova Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $170.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals (3:large, medium and small)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle (2: large and small)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For the second time in my career at IU [Indiana University], I was asked to compose a work for the retiring director of bands. There must be a few clever rejoinders to that statement, but in any event, I have certainly been honored by both invitations -- the first being for Ray E. Cramer -- and I am pleased to offer this current work celebrating Stephen W. Pratt and his life in Bloomington and at IU. I have known Stephen Pratt for over thirty years, since my days playing trumpet in the IU Wind Ensemble, and I am pleased to dedicate this new work to him with my congratulations and very best wishes.

Associate Director of Bands Jason H. Nam was the instigator of this project, which is supported by many former students and colleagues of Professor Pratt. Jason passed on a few suggestions for the piece from Steve's family, who asked for a slower work, lyrical in nature, playable by most high schools and colleges; as well, to consider including reference to one or more of Steve's favorite hymns and perhaps also a hint of The Chimes of Indiana, the IU fight song, or IU's alma mater. While leaving aside "Chimes" for copyright issues and the fight song for other good reasons, I did make brief reference to Steve's favorite hymn, Lead Me, Lord; more extensive use of the ancient plainchant, Divinum Mysterium (basis for another favorite hymn, Of the Father's Love Begotten); and used a few bars -- mainly the climactic Gloriana, Frangipana -- of IU's alma mater, Hail to old I.U.

Supplementing these borrowed ideas, I composed a short melodic phrase built around a framework of pitches suggested by the letters in "Stephen Pratt." First played in bars 4-8 by clarinet and alto saxophone, this melody has a bit of a "W" shape to it and also contains important motivic kernels used throughout the piece, namely, a rising, repeating and expanding arpeggio figure and a descending scale. Helping in part, I hope, to glue all this together is the commonality of the melodic scale fragments: a four-note scale descent is the soprano line of Gloriana, Frangipana; the first four bars of Lead Me, Lord have two-note, four-note and three-note scale descents; and many phrases of Divinum Mysterium begin with a four-note scale ascent, reversing the motive.

As an addendum, it might be interesting to know that J.T. Giles, who organized the Indiana glee club, wrote the words for IU's alma mater for a performance at a state contest in 1893; the music comes from Annie Lisle, a ballad composed by Boston songwriter H.S. Thompson in 1857 and first used in a school song by Cornell in 1870. Giles and his colleagues came up with the Latin-sounding Gloriana, which had some prior use, for instance as a character representing Queen Elizabeth I in Edmund Spenser's 1590 poem, The Faerie Queene, and then in a stroke of genius, crafted Frangipana as a further rhyme with Indiana, close to, but not quite, frangipani, the Hawaiian lei flower.

- Program Note by composer

"Gloriana Frangipana" is a made-up Latin-sounding phrase created by Indiana University students who were looking for a word that rhymed with "Indiana."


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Bethel University (St. Paul, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Steven Thompson) - 29 October 2022
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Ensemble (Chad R. Nicholson, conductor) – 7 December 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) – 15 April 2018 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • David Dzubay website Accessed 15 April 2018
  • Morse, Matthew C. "Gloriana, Frangipana." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 540-549. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • Perusal score