The Prodigal

Mack Wilberg
Vocal score
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for SATB and organ or orchestra
With a text by David Warner on the parable of The Prodigal Son from St Luke's Gospel, this dramatic choral work brings to life the ancient, universal story of reconciliation and belonging. The closely woven text and music feature an expansive range of expression-plaintive, exuberant, and resolute-before concluding with a transcendent coda that gives way to reverberating 'Amen's. With echoes of some of the minimalist elements of Wilberg's Requiem, as well as Arvo Pärt, Henryk Górecki, and John Tavener, the work is scored for mixed voices without soloists, allowing the choir to function like a Greek chorus-sometimes narrating, sometimes participating in the action, sometimes reflecting on it-all underpinned by organ, or orchestra, or chamber ensemble.

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193413375
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 56
Duration: 20 Mins
Publication Date: 07/07/2016
Format: 279x216
Voices: SATB
Force: SATB & organ/chamber ensemble/orchestra
Instrumentation: 3 fl(3+picc), 2 ob, 2 cl in A, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 2 tpt in C, timp, 2 perc, hp, pno, celeste, str
OR perc (1 player), pno, org, str
Level of difficulty: B-C


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