American Symphony, An

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Michael Kamen

Michael Kamen (arr. John Moss)

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Subtitle: Movement 3 : From Mr. Holland's Opus

General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print


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Program Notes

An American Symphony (Mr. Holland's Opus) is the title track for the finale symphonic piece played at the end of the hit film Mr. Holland's Opus. It was written by American born composer Michael Kamen, and it won the 1997 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement.

The lead character, Mr. Holland, can be seen working on the piece (at the piano and on scraps of sheet music) throughout the film. And, at the end of the film, the music comes to represent Holland's "opus"--as the many generations of students that he influenced come together to play his symphony for him--during the film's resolution.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • Pomona (Calif.) Concert Band (Christopher Northrop, conductor) – 11 August 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • An American Symphony, Wikipedia Accessed 14 August 2016
  • Kamen, M; Moss, J. (1996). An American Symphony : Movement 3 : From Mr. Holland's Opus [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.