The Prelude from "Benedictus" as a concert piece.
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Instrumentation: Solo Viola
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Duration: 6 mins
Sheet Music Available
Instrumental parts for sale
Recordings Available
Benedictus CBS/Sony CD CBS HB2


The first performance was really given by Frederick Riddle at the premiere of the original version of the oratorio 'Benedictus' in Worth Abbey in 1980 when he bowed and fingered it and prepared it for concert performance. He played it magnificently on many further occasions and finally edited it as a separate solo work for publication in 1989.

The Prelude is also used as a diploma test piece.


30th November 2016 A lunchtime programme of solo viola works including Bach and Blake, given by the brilliant young viola player Rosalind Ventris, St.James's Piccadilly 1.00pm

The Prelude comes from the major choral/orchestral work 'Benedictus' ,much championed by Sir David Willcocks during his lifetime,The Prelude acts as both prologue and epilogue to the work,The soloist last performed it live in a large-scale performance in Salisbury Cathedral.

25th February 2016 Rivka Golani,
16th July 2015 Rivka Golani solo viola, International Bartok Seminar and Festival, Szombathely, Hungary
17th April 2015 Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Rivka Golani(viola), Benedict Kloeckner (cello), Sasha Grynyuk (piano), Milton Court, The Barbican, London Concert arranged by Lisa Peacock
4th December 2014 Howard Blake piano, Madeleine Mitchell violin, Rosalind Ventris, viola, Peter Adams cello, Gloucester Music Society
6th June 2005 Maria Jose, Diploma recital Duke's Hall Royal Academy of Music
May 1980 Frederick Riddle, Worth Abbey

Related Works

'*BENEDICTUS' op.282 (May 1980) (Audio Sample Available)
Dramatic oratorio for tenor, speaker, chorus, solo viola and orchestra commissioned by Victor Farwell, Abbot of Worth, for the 1500th anniversary of St. Benedict of Nursia b.480 AD
'Prelude For Solo Cello' op.463 (March 1994)
An arrangement of the Prelude to 'Benedictus' (see op.402)

Related Autobiography Chapters

'BENEDICTUS' A DRAMATIC ORATORIO (World premiere,Worth Abbey) (1980)
WOMAN WITHOUT A NAME - a full evening ballet in two Rheinland opera houses (2016)

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