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Inclina aurem tuam

for concert band - Grade IV

music score of inclina aurem tuam chant

Inclina aurem tuam

Benedictine College Wind Ensemble

conducted by Tom Davoren


Flute 1 & 2


Clarinet 1, 2, 3

Bass clarinet (optional)

Bassoon (optional)

Alto Saxophone 1 & 2

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone

Horn in F

Trumpet 1, 2, 3

Trombone 1, 2, 3



String Bass (optional)

Piano (optional)


Percussion 1 (Vibraphone)

Percussion 2 (Chimes, Marimba)

Percussion 3 (Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Tenor Drum)

Percussion 4 (Suspended Cymbal, Glockenspiel, Triangle, Tam-Tam, Wood-blocks)

Program Notes

Inclina aurem tuam is a fantasia upon an ancient chant, the text of which is a universal plea for divine help: "incline your ear, make haste to rescue us." The piece presents the chant melody in six different guises: solemn incantation, intimate love song, impatient battle-cry, a repeat of the battle-cry soaring above a 16th-century setting of the chant by Heinrich Isaac, a return of the love song, and a simple, humble prayer. These are framed and supported by four pillars, the four phrases of the chant in chorale setting. The last pillar is a joyous realization that prayers were heard.

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