||"Processional & Prayer" was written in 2019 by Timothy James Graham for Wind Ensemble (Concert Band). Scored for: Fl. 1-2; Ob. 1-2; Bassoon; Cl. 1, 2 & 3;
Bass Cl.; A. Sax 1-2; T. Sax; B. Sax; Horn 1-2; Trpts. 1, 2 & 3; Trom. 1, 2 & 3; Baritone, Tuba, Timp.; Sus. Cym.; S.D.; B.D.; Orch. Bells; Chimes. Dur. 5:47
"Processional and Prayer" is a funeral processional written in loving memory of my grandparents. The first half of the piece, the processional, is a nostalgic, hymn-like song with rich harmonies, featuring thickly orchestrated lines and imitative counterpoint. The second half of the song, the prayer, begins very unexpectedly and quietly, with chimes sounding very much like church bells, and with the repeated statement of a plagel, or “amen” cadence as it is sometimes called, due to its frequent use in the end of church hymns. Out of this simple, repeated, cadence there appears a melody which is slowly joined by other instruments. As the piece continues and more instruments are added, there is a growing sense of hope that seems to emerge from the music as it gains momentum. The piece ends with an augmented restatement of the theme from the processional.
Processional and Prayer was written in loving memory of my grandparents, and in dedication to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Processional and Prayer is a sentimental and reverent piece that would be ideal for Veterans Day or Memorial Day Concerts.
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