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Laude (Hanson)

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Howard Hanson

Howard Hanson


Subtitle: Chorales, Variations and Metamorphoses


General Info

Year: 1976
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $249.99   |   Score Only (print) - $33.99


Movements

1. Chorale – 2:05
2. Variations 1-3 – 4:11
3. Variations 4-5 – 2:25
4. Variation 6 – 2:05
5. Variation 7 – 3:50


Instrumentation

Full Score C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani I-II
Percussion (up to 8 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drums (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourines (2)
  • Temple Blocks (3)
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Howard Hanson’s Laude, a work for symphonic winds, received its premiere performance in Berkeley, California, in 1975, by the California State University Long Beach Wind Ensemble, conducted by Larry Curtis. The work was a commission by the College Band Directors National Association.

The program notes supplied for the occasion by the 79-year-old composer were unusually eloquent and reflective: “As one comes toward the end of a long life,” wrote Hanson, “one realizes how many influences go back to early childhood. In my musical and religious life the greatest was, undoubtedly, the chorales which I heard as a young boy growing up in Wahoo, Nebraska.. .Laude [is] based on a chorale of praise.. .I took my cue from the 150th Psalm:

‘Praise Him with the sound of the Trumpet, With Psaltery and harp, With timbrel and dance, With string instruments and organs, Praise Him upon the loud cymbals, the high-sounding cymbals, Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’

...when the chorale melody appears, working up a crescendo which becomes, I hope, a veritable avalanche of sound, with, literally, ‘everything that has breath’ praising the Lord.”

- Program Note by San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 11 December 2011


Dr. Hanson indicates that the chorale movement is from the very old Swedish chorale, All the World Praises the Lord, which he, as a boy, sang in Swedish in the Lutheran service.

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: V
  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Louisiana: V
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI. Complete


Performances

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  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Darryl Warren, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Texas Christian University Wind Symphony (Fort Worth) (Bobby R. Francis, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor) – 17 February 2019
  • Raystown Wind Orchestra (Alexandria, Penn.) (James Everett Latten, conductor) – 28 January 2018
  • Alabama All State Red Band (Linda Moorhouse, conductor) – 2014
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) – 11 December 2011


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Hanson, H. (1976). Laude: Chorale, Variations and Metamorphoses [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 357-382.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 270