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Prelude and Fugue (Nelhybel)

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Vaclav Nelhybel

Vaclav Nelhybel


This work is not to be confused with Nelhybel's Prelude and Fugue in D Minor for handbell choir.


General Info

Year: 1966
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Frank Music Corp.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of Print

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Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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
Cornets I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Prelude and Fugue was dedicated to the University of New Mexico Concert Band. It is a composition in one movement with two contrasting themes. The slow opening is an intense search to formulate the main theme in a strong statement first in the woodwinds, then in full brass, and finally in low brass and percussion. In the Allegro the theme emerges in full aggressive splendor, presented by brass and percussion. Immediately following the Fugue is the Vivace, literally a running-away from the theme. The composition concludes with a struggle for supremacy between the driving eighth-note runs in the woodwinds and the imperative marcato of the brass.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


The Prelude and Fugue is not a composition in two sections, rather a composition in one movement with two contrasting themes. The slow opening is an intense search to formulate the main theme in a strong statement: first in the woodwinds, then int he full brass, and finally in the low brass and percussion. In the Allegro, the theme emerges in full aggressive splendor, presented by brass and percussion.

Immediately following is the fugue, literally a "running-away" from the main theme. The fugal texture of the perpetuum mobile in the woodwinds generates a strong pull away from the marcato of the brassy main theme. The composition concludes with a strong fight for supremacy between the driving eighth-note runs int he woodwinds and the imperative marcato of the brass.

- Program Note from score


Awards


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Oklahoma: VI-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: V


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Nelhybel, V. (1966). Prelude and Fugue: For Concert Band [score]. Frank Music: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 444.