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Program Notes

Chorale and Alleluia


Howard Hanson, composer

Chorale and Alleluia was commissioned in January 1954, and is Howard Hanson’s first work for symphonic band. It was given its premier performance on February 26 at the convention of the American Bandmaster’s Association at West Point. The composition opens with a fine flowing chorale. Soon the joyous "Alleluia" theme appears and is much in evidence throughout. A bold statement of a new melody makes its appearance in the lower brasses in combination with the previous themes. The effect is one of cathedral bells, religious exaltation, solemnity, and dignity.

—published score


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