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Prayer, A

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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

Subtitle: Based on the 16th Century chant Pange lingua gloriosi

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chant melody
Publisher: Bandworks Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00; (digital) - $7.50


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

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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The foundation and inspiration for this piece is the ancient chant melody, Pange lingua gloriosi. Subsequently, many composers used the melody -- in its entirety or in sections -- as the basis for more elaborate compositions. The most notable of these is the Pange Lingua Mass written by the great Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez (1450-1521) near the end of his life. This setting for modern wind band pays tribute to Saint Thomas Aquinas's original melody while utilizing modern harmonies and textures which will be familiar to today's musicians and audiences.

A Prayer was written for the Kanawha County, West Virginia, High School Honor Band, and received its premiere performance on April 9, 2016, in Charleston, conducted by the composer.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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