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Prayer of Saint Gregory

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Alan Hovhaness

Alan Hovhaness

This work bears the designation Opus 62B.

General Info

Year: 1946 / 1952 / 1972 / 2012
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Peer Music Classical
Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00   |   Score Only - $9.95


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

  • Chimes
  • Tam-Tam, large


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Prayer of St. Gregory, a five-minute work for trumpet and strings, began life as an intermezzo in Hovhaness’s opera Etchmiadzin, composed in mid-1946, and premiered in New York in October of that year. The present excerpt, described by Hovhaness as "a prayer in darkness," was soon extracted as a separate work, and is one of his most popular short pieces. The personage referred to in the work's title is St. Gregory the Illuminator, who at the beginning of the fourth century brought Christianity to Armenia. This calm work, in a moderate tempo, begins with gentle chords, chorale-like, in Hovhaness’s unmistakable modal melodic and harmonic vein, over which a slow trumpet melody gradually unfolds itself.

- Program Note by Christ Morrison for the Appalachian State University Concert Band concert program, 24 April 2017

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Hovhaness, A. (2012). Prayer of Saint Gregory for Trumpet and Band [score]. Peermusic Classical: New York.