Prayer & Canto


Prayer & Canto


Zaninelli, Luigi

Item Code:
C. Alan Publications

Prayer & Canto beautifully conceived piece rich with melodic invention and harmonic color. The two sections of the work differ in intent with one being sacred and the other secular. They serve somewhat different roles in that the first provides an element of mystical spirituality and the second of reassurance through the nobility and beauty of human emotion.

Program Notes

Commissioned by the University of Southern Mississippi Wind Symphony, Thomas V. Fraschillo, Conductor

Prayer and Canto is a lyric work in two parts. Both works are inspired by love – the first “sacred” and the second “secular.” In Prayer, plaintive melodic material creates a mystical atmosphere of gentle spirituality. The scoring, while at times transparent, gives way, often, to vibrant richness. A warm interlude joins Prayer to Canto. In Canto, modal melodies unfold over a compelling ostinato. The work grows steadily in polyphonic intensity culminating in an emotional ending of powerful nobility.

Grade Level: 3.5
Copyright: 2008
Number of Players: Standard
Duration: 9:15

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Sample Pages

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Flute 1/2
Oboe 1/2
English Horn
Solo Clarinet in Bb 1/2
Clarinet in Bb 1
Clarinet in Bb 2/3
Bass Clarinet in Bb
Contralto Clarinet in Eb
Bassoon 1/2
Alto Saxophone in Eb 1/2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

Trumpet in Bb 1
Trumpet in Bb 2/3
Horn in F 1/3
Horn in F 2/4
Trombone 1/2
Trombone 3
Bass Trombone

String Bass

Bells, Chimes
Percussion 1 (Tam-Tam, Suspended Cymbal)
Percussion 2 (Bass Drum)