Gandalf (The Wizard)

From Wind Repertory Project
Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij

This work is the first movement of the composer's Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings.

General Info

Year: 1987 / 2023
Duration: 6:15
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $165.00   |   Score Only (print) - $39.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboes I-II (II doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo (2 players)-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat or C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Indian Bells (or Bell Tree)
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple blocks (2)
  • Tenor Drum (or Tom Tom)
  • Triangle
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


Errata and suggestions from Johan de Meij posted with permission 4/8/2013

  • All, m.5: Quasi fermata on 3rd beat
  • Woodwinds & Horns, m.111: Ad lib. Woodwinds & Horns 2nd time only!
  • Piccolo, m.103: Downbeat of 3 is an E
  • Piccolo, m.144: First note A-flat (not A)
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I, m.138/139: 8va up ad lib. [cp English horn]
  • B-flat Trumpet I m.18-19: Trumpet I remains A [dotted half note slurred to half note in 19]
  • B-flat Trumpets, m.127: valvet = velvet mute [substitute: bucket or cup mute]
  • Horn in F III, m.60: [part], beat 3&, tie eighth note to beat 1 of meas. 61
  • Horn in F III, m.63: [part], beat 3&, tie eighth note to beat 1 of meas. 64
  • Horn in F III, m.91: [part], beat 3&, tie eighth note to beat 1 of meas. 93
  • Horn in F III, m.94: [part], beat 3&, tie eighth note to beat 1 of meas. 95
  • Trombones, m.24: ff, no slurs [marcato], horns & saxes staccato instead of tenutos
  • Trombone II, m.72: D, not C
  • Trombone II, m.107: Delete repeated measure in part
  • Trombone II, m.111: First note A (not B)
  • Trombone II, m.116: First note B-flat (not B)
  • Tuba, m.58: lower voice E (not D)
  • Piano, m.152: Accent on first note (not 2nd)
  • Timpani, m.35: E 8va bassa
  • Bells, m.53, beat 3: first sixteenth note should be on the top line
  • Bells, m.149-150: Quasi tremolo, fast – not rhythmical
  • All five movements: C-Tuba part should sound an octave lower than written [8va bassa sempre].

Program Notes

The first movement is a musical portrait of the wizard Gandalf, one of the principal characters of the trilogy. His wise and noble personality is expressed by a stately motif which is used in a different form in movements IV and V. The sudden opening of the Allegro vivace is indicative of the unpredictability of the grey wizard, followed by a wild ride on his beautiful horse, Shadowfax.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

  • New York: Grade VI


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  • Michigan Technological University (Houghton) Superior Wind Symphony (Joel Neves, conductor) - 11 October 2023
  • Idaho State University (Pocatello) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Young, Conductor) - 15 April 2023
  • University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Man., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Devin Sloos, conductor) - 10 February 2023
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel Pagan, conductor) - 29 March 2022
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Concert Band (Scott Rikkers, conductor) - 24 March 2022
  • Canyon Crest Academy (San Diego, Calif.) Wind Ensemble - 15 December 2021
  • The Southern Tier (Binghamton, N.Y.) Concert Band (Barry G. Peters, conductor) - 6 December 2021
  • Clark College (Vancouver, Wash.) Concert Band (Doug Harris, conductor) – 13 March 2020
  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Symphonic Winds (Steven Riley, conductor) - 27 February 2020
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Richard Suk, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jared Chase, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • Hope College (Holland, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Gabe Southard, conductor) – 31 October 2019
  • Texas Christian University Symphonic Band (Fort Worth) (Donald Hale, conductor) - 3 October 2019
  • Medalist Concert Band (Bloomington, Minn.) (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 19 May 2019
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony (Virginia Allen, conductor) – 18 May 2019
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W. Va.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hippensteel, conductor)– 11 May 2019
  • University of Tasmania (Australia) Wind Ensemble (Sean Priest, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Gary Gilroy, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Angelo State University (San Angelo, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan D. Alvis, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (J. Benjamin Jones, conductor) – 1 May 2019

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