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Long and Winding Road, The

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John Lennon
Paul McCartney

John Lennon and Paul McCartney (arr. Svarda)


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General Info

Year: 1966
Duration:
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Northern Songs, Ltd.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion area.


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Drums

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Long and Winding Road is a ballad written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) from the Beatles' album Let It Be. It became the group's 20th and last number-one song in the United States in June 1970, and was the last single released by the quartet.

While the released version of the song was very successful, the post-production modifications by producer Phil Spector angered McCartney to the point that when he made his case in court for breaking up the Beatles as a legal entity, he cited the treatment of The Long and Winding Road as one of six reasons for doing so. New versions of the song with simpler instrumentation were subsequently released by both the Beatles and McCartney.

McCartney originally wrote the song at his farm in Scotland, and was inspired by the growing tension among the Beatles. McCartney said later "I just sat down at my piano in Scotland, started playing and came up with that song, imagining it was going to be done by someone like Ray Charles. I have always found inspiration in the calm beauty of Scotland and again it proved the place where I found inspiration."

In 2011, Rolling Stone ranked The Long and Winding Road number 90 on their list of 100 greatest Beatles songs of all time.

- Program Note by Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Keith Waibel, conductor) – 23 August 2016
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 7 July 2015


Works for Winds by these Composers

Lennon:

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


McCartney:

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


References