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Hallelujah (flex)

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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen (arr. Michael Brown)


General Info

Year: 1984 /2010 / 2017
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Ballad
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass
  • Cello

Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Drum Set
  • Shaker, small
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine


Errata

None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen in the '80s, this powerful song has had a surge of popularity with its frequent usage in TV and movies. Recorded by such diverse artists as Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi and Justin Timberlake, it was also used during the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Vancouver.

- Program Note by publisher


Hallelujah is a song written by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a recording by John Cale, which inspired a recording by Jeff Buckley. Cohen's song and Buckley's cover are the subject of the 2012 book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of 'Hallelujah' by Alan Light.

Following its increased popularity after being featured in the film Shrek (2001), many other arrangements have been performed by many and various singers, both in recordings and in concert, with over 300 versions known. The song has been used in film and television soundtracks and televised talent contests.

Cohen's lyrical poetry and his view that "many different hallelujahs exist" is reflected in wide-ranging covers with very different intents or tones, allowing the song to be "melancholic, fragile, uplifting [or] joyous" depending on the performer.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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Adaptable Music

  • Hallelujah (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Brown) (1984/2010/2017)


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