Composed for the wedding of his sister Sarah to Samuel Fulton Beatty on May 4, 1940, in Barber's New York apartment. The two-minute piece makes a great prelude to any concert both as a novelty and as a well-crafted composition with some beautiful soaring melodies and intricate counterpoint. Late Intermediate Level.
These three preludes retain the primitive, open harmonies of early American hymnody. The first is a quiet, worshipful introit; the second, a somber depiction of Christ's sacrifice; and the last prelude imitates the joyous strumming of banjos and energy of fiddles. Includes parts for violin, piano, and cello.