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Second Prelude

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin (arr. John Krance)


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Subtitle: From 'Three Preludes'


General Info

Year: 1927 / 1965
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Instrumentation

Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Alto Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet 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

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This very popular and familiar prelude is the second of Gershwin's three preludes for piano. John Krance's colorful arrangement defies the belief that piano music cannot be transcribed well for the concert band. The arranger makes excellent use of the variety inherent in the band with several solo passages and an emphasis on the low-reed register.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


The second prelude is “a sort of blues lullaby” according to Gershwin. Beginning with a contemplative bass line, other voices join with a slinking. bluesy melody, continuing with the melancholy mood in a higher register. The piece is punctuated by a short middle section that uses brighter musical material before falling back into the wondering bass ostinato leading to a rather unassuming ending.

- Program Note from Aledo High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 12 February 2016

Gershwin’s Three Preludes are short piano pieces, first performed by the composer at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York in 1926. Gershwin originally planned to compose twenty-four preludes, but this number was reduced to five in public performance and further decreased to three when they were first published. In the second prelude, Gershwin invokes his Jewish heritage as an almost Yiddish melody floats over gentle, undulating accompaniment -- a twelve-bar blues form -- whose delicacy recalls the piano music of Chopin. The melody is repeated in a second chorus of the blues form, followed by a bridge in a brighter, major key. The initial theme returns, dissipating as though entering a quiet sleep. Gershwin referred to the piece as “a sort of blues lullaby.” This wind arrangement -- published in 1965 -- was arranged by John Krance, who embarked to capture the mood and beauty of the original piano score.

- Program Note from Baylor University Wind Ensemble concert program, 23 October 2018


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Wind Symphony (Rebecca Phillips, conductor) – 10 October 2019
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band (Colin MacKenzie, conductor) – 7 October 2019
  • Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, Mo.) Wind Symphony (Brian Hopwood, conductor) – 25 April 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 8 February 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Michael Butler, conductor; John Tengowski, piano) – 5 December 2018
  • Madison (Wisc.) Wind Ensemble – 4 November 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 23 October 2018
  • Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau) Wind Symphony (Martin Reynolds, conductor) – 19 October 2018
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Kehler, conductor) – 10 October 2018
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Concert Band (Evan Gibson, conductor) – 28 April 2018
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirk Saville, conductor) – 4 April 2018
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 10 March 2018
  • Bixby High School (Bixby, Ok.) Wind Ensemble (Jeremy W. Parker, conductor) - 25 February 2018
  • Northwest Missouri State University Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) – 12 October 2017
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Symphony (Benjamin Lorenzo, conductor) – 3 October 2017
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) –20 April 2017
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Jaelem Bhate, conductor) – 10 February 2017
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Clinton H. Dawley, conductor) - 12 June 2016
  • McCracken Middle School (Skokie, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Chip De Stefano, conductor) – 25 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 North Central Division Conference, Ames, Iowa)
  • Aledo (Texas) High School Wind Ensemble (Jolette Wine, conductor) - 12 February 2016 (2016 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 18 October 2009


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Gershwin, G.; Krance, J. [1964]. Second Prelude, from Three Preludes [score]. New World Music Corp.: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 227.