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Cowboys, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (arr. James Curnow)


Subtitle: From the Motion Picture The Cowboy and the Girl


General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: 7:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon (optional)
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano (optional)
Harp (optional)
Celeste (optional)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash, hi-hat, and suspended)
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Glockenspiel (bells)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

  • B-flat Clarinet 2 and 3, meas 17–19: The rhythmic figure in meas. 17 & 18 must be moved one measure later. To accomplish this, delete meas. 19 (whole note A); then insert one measure with whole note (D) as meas. 17 (copy from meas. 16) [This will match the orchestra arrangement.]
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet, meas. 56, beat 3: add a quarter rest (or change the last quarter rest to a half rest) / E-flat Alto Clarinet, meas. 63: add 4/4 meter signature
  • Bassoon 1, 2, meas. 220, beat 4: change eighth note to a quarter note; delete the quarter rest
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone 1, 2, meas 17–19: The rhythmic figure in meas. 17 & 18 must be moved one measure later. To accomplish this, delete meas. 19 (whole note E); then insert one measure with whole note (A) as meas. 17 (copy from meas. 16) [This will match the orchestra arrangement.] / Meas 148, beat 1: D should read B / Meas. 29, beat 3: change rhythm from eighth and 2 sixteenths to two sixteenths and an eighth
  • E-Flat Alto Saxophone 1, 2, meas. 185, beat 3 & 4: change eighth notes to quarter notes in Bassoon cue
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, meas 17–19: The rhythmic figure in meas. 17 & 18 must be moved one measure later. To accomplish this, delete meas. 19 (whole note A); then insert one measure with whole note (D) as meas. 17 (copy from meas. 16) [This will match the orchestra arrangement.]
  • F Horn 2, meas. 162, beat 3: change two quarter notes to two eighth notes / Meas. 212, beat 2: fix printers error above note
  • Baritone B.C., meas. 250, beat 2: half notes should read eighth notes
  • Mallet Percussion, meas. 204, beat 1: D should read C
  • Score, meas. 250-256, 2 & 3 B-flat Trumpet: The voices are misidentified in the score at meas. 250: Trumpet 3 plays the harmony with the Trumpet 1 while Trumpet 2 plays the rhythmic divisi passage.


Program Notes

John Williams' dramatic film scores have stirred millions worldwide, and Jim Curnow has adapted this famous score into an exciting Western overture. It's full of the brilliant effects, rhythmic drive and lyrical themes that are the hallmarks of a John Williams work.

- Program Note by Publisher


The Cowboys, arranged by Jim Curnow, is a typical example of John Williams’s capacity to enrich a film story with an almost narrative musical score. Through music, we are transported to the Old West and experience the joys and hardships of cowboy life.

Taken from the 1972 motion picture The Cowboys starring John Wayne and Roscoe Lee Browne, the music complements the story of a 60-year-old Montana cattleman who enlists (and ultimately mentors) ten schoolboys as cowboys after the regular ranch hands have left with Gold Rush fever. The 400-mile cattle drive provides the boys with a different and harsher schooling as they learn the rigors of the job and have to deal with rustlers. The music conveys the high spirit of wild horses and their taming. Jollity around the campfire is contrasted against the loneliness of the open range. The plains have a beauty, though, which is reflected in the song of a lark. The hard work of the cattle drive, including the fording of the wide, muddy river and dealing with many fears and threats, succeeds in maturing the boys into men.

- Program Notes by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble concert program, 28 February 2015


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
  • Virginia: VI


Performances

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  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Roy Stahle, conductor) – 9 June 2019
  • Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Concert Band (Patricia Brumbaugh, conductor) 22 February 2019
  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 10 February 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (David Hedgecoth, conductor) – 13 November 2018
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (Chris Shumick, conductor) – 14 October 2018
  • University of South Carolina Aiken Symphonic Winds (Cormac Cannon, conductor) - 22 April 2018
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble) (J. Eric Wilson, conductor) – 21 April 2018
  • Prairie Wind Ensemble (East Peoria, Ill.) (Jim Tallman, conductor)– 22 October 2017
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Symphonic Winds (Christian M. Noon, conductor) – 22 February 2017
  • Los Alamos (N.M.) Community Winds (T. Edward Vives, conductor) – 15 October 2016
  • United States Army Band(Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor) – 25 September 2016
  • Allan Hancock (Santa Maria, Calif.) Community Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) – 12 March 2016
  • Golden State Wind Orchestra (Sacramento, Calif.) (Marlon A. Ramirez, conductor) – 27 February 2016
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Symphonic Band (Kirt Saville, conductor) - 11 February 2016
  • Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Clinton H. Dawley, conductor) – 16 January 2016
  • Southern Colorado (Canon City) Community Band (Mike Nolan, conductor) - 29 March 2015
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) - 28 February 2015
  • Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Concert Band (Patricia Brumbaugh, conductor) 27 February 2015
  • Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, Calif.) Band (Michael Wirgler, conductor) - 21 July 2013


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Colburn, Michael J. (2004, June). “John Williams returns to bands where he began 50 years ago.” The Instrumentalist 58(11), 12–17.
  • The John Williams Web Pages: The Cowboys
  • Williams, J.; Curnow, J. (1986) The cowboys : from the motion picture The cowboy and the girl [score]. Warner-Tamerlane: [s.l.]