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Harlem Nocturne

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Earle Hagen

Earle Hagen (arr. John Krance)

General Info

Year: 1939 / 1968 / 1999
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50

For additional availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
Condensed Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass

  • Bass Drum
  • Drum Set
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone

Note: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, and Suspended Cymbal players not needed if a Drum Set is available.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ever since its first appearance in 1940, Earle Hagen's hauntingly beautiful Harlem Nocturne has been one of the most performed pieces in American popular music. This version by legendary arranger John Krance skillfully captures the original spirit and mood of this unique American classic

- Program Note from publisher

Harlem Nocturne is a jazz standard written by Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers in 1939 for the Ray Noble orchestra they played in. The song was adopted by bandleader Randy Brooks the next year as his theme song. The work has been frequently recorded; there have reportedly been about 500 covers of this classic

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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  • Nevada County Concert Band (Grass Valley, Calif.) (Cheryl Woldseth, conductor) – 2 June 2019
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Rich Smucker, conductor) – 7 May 2017
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor; Maria Daehler, saxophone) – 14 February 2016

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