Skip to Content
Browse Catalog

Prayers of Steel

for brass quintet

  • Year

  • Duration

  • Level

  • Perusal Score



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:   Chamber

Subgenres:   BrassChamber


2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba

Commissioned by

The Gaudete Brass Quintet


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


“…the music, alternately hard-edged, jazzy, light-footed, hymn-like, and propulsive, keeps you engaged for all of its nearly 12 minutes.” —

Recorded on

  1. sevenfive The John Corigliano Effect

Recent Performances

  • October 24, 2017 - Gaudete Brass at The Green Space, WQXR, New York City. 40th anniversary Young Artists Showcase concert
  • March 18, 2017 - Gaudete Brass at Curtiss Hall, Fine Arts Building, Chicago IL. 'sevenfive' Record Release Party
  • September 27, 2016 - Gaudete Brass at Bright Box Theater, Winchester VA.