A Joyous Prelude

A Joyous Prelude

medium-easy | 2.5 minutes


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Program Notes

A Joyous Prelude was originally commissioned by my friend Kyle Norman for his church and the opening of their new church home. Kyle specifically requested a prelude to the hymn “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” As such, much of the piece draws inspiration from Beethoven’s well-known melody interwoven with an original melody of my own.

I am deeply indebted to my friend Kyle for taking me under his wing when I was a first-year band director and new to the Houston area. For this reason, I decided to transcribe the work for his middle school band. The band version of A Joyous Prelude is dedicated to my dear friend Kyle, one of the most outstanding music educators that I have ever met.

Austin Brake
September 7, 2017
Houston, Texas