Prayer of St. Ambrose (2003) for flugelhorn and organ was written for and is dedicated to
trumpeter Colby Cooman.
The work is a subdued and lyrical work for flugelhorn and organ, suitable for either concert or
church uses. An opening section of unfolding/introduction leads to a gentle aria over a pulsing
accompaniment which builds to a climax. A warm coda closes the work.
The title of the piece is taken from the famous prayer attributed to St. Ambrose of Milan (c. 340 -
397) quoted at the top of the score. The title also pays homage to the famous work for trumpet
and organ, Prayer of St. Gregory, by American composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000).