American Journey (Williams)

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John Williams

John Williams (trans. Paul Lavender)

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General Info

Year: 1999 / 2012
Duration: c. 24:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript


1. Immigration and Building - 5:40
2. The Country at War - 3:20
3. Popular Entertainment - 2:40
4. Arts and Sports - 2:40
5. Civil Rights and the Women's Movement - 3:30
6. Flight and Technology - 7:10


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Program Notes

American Journey is a concert suite derived from the musical score that accompanies Steven Spielberg’s short film The Unfinished Journey (1999). An effort requested by the White House, this film is a combination of original music, poetry, and images designed to evoke the highlights and spirit of the last century in these United States of America. It was shown at the Millennium celebrations in Washington D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial on New Year’s Eve, 1999. The full fifteen-minute suite consists of six movements, each of which deals with a specific aspect of American history or culture portrayed in the film. Also present are elements hinting at the grand American musical style pioneered by composers such as Aaron Copland and Howard Hanson.

- Program note by Daegi Lee for the Marcus High School Wind Symphony concert program, 22 December 2012

Commercial Discography


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State Ratings

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  • United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) Band (Tod Addison, conductor) – 19 January 2019
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass) (Kenneth Megan, conductor) – 5 November 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas E. Williams, conductor) - 1 December 2016
  • Marcus High School (Tx.) Wind Symphony (Amanda Drinkwater, conductor) – 22 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

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