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Prayers of Steel

for brass quintetNEW

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I. Limited
II. Foxtrot
III. Prayers of Steel
IV. City of the Big Shoulders

Most of this quintet’s movements are derived from Carl Sandburg’s brilliant young Chicago Poems; from uses as simple as sharing a poem’s title, to creating an all-out setting “sung” by the brass quintet. The foxtrot is my own insertion; an imagining of wandering Sandburg’s Chicago via its dance orchestras.

Prayers of Steel was commissioned by Chicago’s Gaudete Brass Quintet, for their April 2013 John Corigliano Birthday Celebration Concert, and is dedicated to John Corigliano on his 75th Birthday.

Genres:   New WorksChamber

Subgenres:   BrassChamber


2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba

Commissioned by

The Gaudete Brass Quintet


April 22, 2013 | Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL

Recorded on

  1. sevenfive The John Corigliano Effect

Recent Performances

  • December 18, 2013 - Gaudete Brass at Curtiss Hall, Roosevelt University, Chicago IL.
  • December 11, 2013 - Gaudete Brass at Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center. Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert
  • November 18, 2013 - Gaudete Brass at University of Michigan School of Music, Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre.


Published by OK Feel Good Music.

  • score & parts: $48


Digital downloads available via PayPal (separate checkout).

  • printable parts: $39

Print On Demand

  • score (6.63x 10.25): $9 Lulu