Symphony in Four Chorale Preludes
for concert band
Duration: 24 minutes
After composing a few titles for concert band, I decided it was time for some chorale preludes — a favorite form among band composers. By definition, these are chorale preludes — idiomatically and according to custom, not so much. They veer sharply from that which is spiritual and contemplative, and place the listener within a darker sphere of influence. The single exception is the third movement whose light-hearted nature borders on raucous humor. The first two movements are lamentations over abuses of Nature. The final movement is a recalcitrant farewell to life, the kind that Dylan Thomas so passionately described.