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Hymnus ante somnus

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Hymnus ante somnus : Song for band / Simon Reade.

by Simon Reade (2017)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 3 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet  in B flat, contra alto clarinet in E flat, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 trumpets in B flat, 4 horns in F, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass, piano, timpani, percussion (4 players).


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I composed Hymnus ante Somnus (Hymn Before Sleep), to a text by Prudentius, for mixed chorus in 2002. It was my first work for choir - indeed my first real vocal work of any kind. The work is one of my simplest (and favourite) expressions, indebted as it is to Renaissance and Mediaeval music - and later, when I came to compose something for saxophone quartet in 2006 I immediately thought to do a setting of this work which I titled simply, 'Song'. Versions for clarinet and brass quartets soon followed - and then nothing until last year, when I composed a piano four hands version for my wife, as an anniversary gift. This new, and final, version for wind band draws from all the previous versions, as well as taking the opportunity to feature the instruments who had so far 'missed out' - the flutes and percussion. Hymnus ante Somnus in it's original form is dedicated to my former teacher, mentor and friend, Don Kay - and I again dedicate this work to Don.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 22 performance parts (22p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 5 min.

Dedicated to Don Kay

First performance by Hobart Wind Symphony, Simon Reade at Voyage (Conservatorium Recital Hall (Hobart)) on 8 Sep 2017

from Two Songs on Latin Texts.

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