Liberty Fanfare (arr Lavender)

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John Williams

John Williams (arr. Paul Lavender)

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General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

In 1986, for the celebration of the 100th birthday of the Statue of Liberty, John Williams was commissioned by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation to write a fanfare for orchestra. The entire piece is approximately five minutes in length and utilizes brilliant brass for the main themes and woodwinds for a recurring, melodious motif. The rhythm is also repeated several times throughout the piece.

“As fanfares go, [it] is a humdinger,” wrote Anthony Tommasini, chief music critic of the New York Times. “It’s got two great tunes: a brassy and boisterous fanfare riff, all roulades and flourishes and forward motion; and a long-lined tune for hushed-up [woodwinds] that sounds like lots of others Williams has composed for Hollywood, but still gets you right in the back of the throat.” Before the premiere of the piece, Williams commented that he had “tried to create a group of American airs and tunes of my own invention that I hope will give some sense of the event and the occasion.”

- Program Note from Tokyo Geidai Wind Orchestra concert program, 17 December 2016


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  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 649.