Composer: Buss, Howard J.
Instrumentation: Ensemble Instruments: Trombone
Genre: Contemporary

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"This beautiful, meditative work is designed to be performed in a concert venue or as a musical offering in a house of worship. Its reverent quality is enhanced by the rich sonority and organ-like quality of the large trombone ensemble. The musical language of Prayer is sophisticated, yet audience-friendly. It begins with a lyrical 12-tone melody that is symbolic of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The dodecaphonic reference also relates to the instrumentation: From the pickup to measure 70 to the end, the twelve pitches of the opening melody are presented with each player assigned to one pitch. When performing this closing passage it is important that the 12 players shape the 12 separate pitches into one lyrical melody (as it was presented at the beginning of the piece by player one). This composition is accessible to amateur and high school-level players. It may be performed with ten tenor and two bass trombones. Parts 11 and 12 are specifically notated for bass trombones. If an additional bass trombone is available it may be used on part 6. Other parts easily playable on a bass trombone are 4, 5, and 10. Part 6 has a low E-flat with may be facilitated with an F-attachment if no bass trombone is available to cover the part."
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