Prelude and Fugue (Nelhybel)
This work is not to be confused with Nelhybel's Prelude and Fugue in D Minor for handbell choir.
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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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 Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
None discovered thus far.
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
- Nelhybel's Prelude and Fugue has been recommended as interesting, serious and distinctive music by members of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
None discovered thus far.
- Alabama: Class AA
- Florida: VI
- Louisiana: IV
- Oklahoma: VI-A
- South Carolina: VI
- Tennessee: V
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Furman University (Greenville, S.C.) Symphonic Band (Leslie W. Hicken) – 5 April 2013
- Joliet (Ill.) Central High School Symphonic Band (Ted Lega)
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Andante and Toccata (1966)
- Antiphonale (1972)
- Ballad (1976)
- Chorale (1965)
- Chorale and Allegro (ed. Richardson)
- Christmas in Poland (1983/2010)
- Concerto for Euphonium and Band
- Concerto Grosso for Tubas and Band (1981)
- Corsican Litany (1976)
- Czech Suite
- Dance of the Dead Souls (1975)
- Estampie (1966)
- Praise to the Lord
- Prelude and Chorale
- Prelude and Fugue (1966)
- Procession to the End of Time
- Songs of Praise (1983/1997)
- Suite from Bohemia (1969)
- Symphonic Movement (1966)
- Sinfonia Resurrectionis (1981)
- Three Revolutionary Marches
- Trio for Brass (1965)
- Trittico (1963)
- Variants on a Czech Love Song
- 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.