PRAYERS IN VILLEFRANCHE (Brass Band) (Gr.2.5)
PRAYERS IN VILLEFRANCHE (2016)
For Brass Band
Duration Approximately 3:00
FULL SCORE / Soprano Cornet in Eb, Solo, Repiano, 2nd & 3rd Cornets in Bb, Flugelhorn in Bb, Solo, 1st & 2nd Horn in Eb, 1st & 2nd Baritone Horn, 1st & 2nd Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba in Eb & Bb, Timp, Bass Drum, Sus Cymbal
Our dear friends Helene & Arnaud live in an adorable village northwest of Lyon called Villefrance-sur-Saône. It is beyond idyllic. Natalie & I make an effort to wander its ancient streets whenever we're invited to visit. In the summer of 2016, we made our way to the cathedral de Notre Dame Des Calades, and admired it's incredible beauty and stillness. To our good fortune, there was a pair of worshipers singing a gorgeous polyphonic chant, their voices reverberating through the otherwise empty church. I captured a few seconds on my phone before they finished, and while I was unable to identify the original melody, it has haunted me continuously.
PRAYERS IN VILLEFRANCHE for brass band relives that sanctified moment, dislocated from time and space. This video is the Full Orchestra version, also available for Concert Band, and String Orchestra.