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Prayer and Celebration (2006)

For chamber orchestra

First performance by Saint Paul's High School, David Seaton conductor
Concord, New Hampshire, 1 June 2007
Duration: 4 minutes


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Program Note

Prayer and Celebration for chamber orchestra, commissioned by Saint Paul's High School on the occasion of their Sesquicentennial, was funded by the Roger S. Firestone Foundation.

The work lasts four minutes and is an intimate and resonant "song" which celebrates lyric, prayerful lines allied to warm harmonies. It is a kind of homage to Mahler, a composer whose music I deeply adore and revere.

This work is in the tradition of works such as the Samuel Barber's Adagio For Strings and can be played by orchestras of all levels, from student to amateur to professional.

—Augusta Read Thomas


Saint Paul's High School, Concord, NH

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