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Praise Jerusalem!

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

This work bears the subtitles Kovia Yeroosaghem! and Variants on an Armenian Easter Hymn.

General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $275.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


In Score and Parts:

Baritone B.C., m. 334: B-flat should be B natural

Program Notes

Praise Jerusalem! (Kovia Yeroosaghem), Variations on an Armenian Hymn, is built upon a seventh-century melody notated by the great Armenian musicologist Gomidas Vartabed, and found in the collection titled Chants of the Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The work is in the form of an introduction, theme with five variations, and a finale, all developed from elements present in the original hymn melody itself. The five variations have no programmatic significance and are meant to explore the purely musical possibilities inherent in this 1300-year-old melody, utilizing the full resources of the modern wind orchestra. The joyful mood of the hymn ("Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: Christ is Risen from the Dead, Alleluia!") is heightened near the end with the addition of a brass sextet.

The work was commissioned by Purdue University in honor of the 100th anniversary celebration of its band programs, and was first performed there on April 19, 1987, by the Purdue University Symphonic Band under the direction of Harry Begian (1921-2010)

-Program Note by San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 11 December 2010

'Praise Jerusalem! was commissioned for the 100th annivesary of the Purdue University band, which premiered this work, conducted by Harry Begian, on April 19, 1987.

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • New York: VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Virginia: VI


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  • Two Bagatelles (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1983/1997/2010)

All Wind Works


  • Reed, A. (1988). Praise Jerusalem!: Variants on an Armenian Easter Hymn [score]. Birch Island Music Press: Barnhouse Music: Oskaloosa, Iowa.