Prelude for orchestra2017-12-16T06:22:24+00:00

Prelude for Orchestra

Martha Beck

The Prelude for Orchestra was composed in 1976 on commission from the Albany Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Julius Hegyi, and was recorded at that time in Troy Music Hall (later known as Troy Savings Bank Music Hall). It is a free composition, written for large orchestra with exotic instruments, multiple percussion, and organ. From my personal knowledge it was inspired by the vision of a blue sky dotted with clouds, some light and fleecy, some dark and menacing.


  1. Jonathan G. Bar-Gur 04/16/2017 at 10:10 PM - Reply

    Impressive. I like it.

  2. dinah 04/16/2017 at 10:40 PM - Reply

    very nice. i am not familiar with martha beck carrigan, but i enjoyed this prelude. what other things has she written over the years? the organ sure gives it a strange effect! turbulent and lofty all at once!

    • William Carragan 04/17/2017 at 6:43 AM - Reply

      Dinah, that is a very lovely comment and is deeply sympathetic to the sort of person my mother was. She wrote very little music outside of the perhaps 150 teaching pieces, most of which were published and which in their genre were as good as anyone’s. I grew up with that music and will eventually re-engrave it and put it on my website, but right now I am more concerned with her concert music, which are just a few pieces. The next post will be a computer rendering of her piano quintet of 1926, which I will post when I make a few improvements to the way Finale (the engraving program) renders the music. Watch for it; I’m pretty sure you will like it.

  3. Kris Nair 04/16/2017 at 11:05 PM - Reply

    Wonderful piece!

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