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Low Rider

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War

War (arr. Michael Brown)


General Info

Year: 1975 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Funk rock song
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

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Cowbell
  • Drum Set
  • Shakers
  • Vibra-slap
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Recorded by the group War back in 1975, this rock classic is as popular today as ever. Featuring the signature bass line groove and catchy horn riffs, this arrangement will be fun to perform and quick to learn.

- Program Note by publisher


Low Rider is a song written by American funk band War and producer Jerry Goldstein, which appeared on their album Why Can't We Be Friends?, released in 1975. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart, peaked at number seven on the Hot 100 singles chart, and number five in Canada.

According to the AllMusic review of the song, "the lyric takes the cool, laidback image of the low rider -- the Chicano culture practice of hydraulically hot-rodding classic cars -- and using innuendo, extends the image to a lifestyle". The song's most distinguishable features are its driving bass line by B. B. Dickerson, which is present almost throughout, and the alto saxophone riff by Charles Miller. It also ends with a siren-like noise that then becomes a saxophone solo.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


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State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

  • Low Rider (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Brown) (1975/2014)


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