My Hero

From Wind Repertory Project
Oscar Straus

Oscar Straus (arr. Harry L Alford)

General Info

Year: 1908 / 1936
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwin Doblinger
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

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Condensed Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Chocolate Soldier (German title: Der tapfere Soldat or Der Praliné-Soldat) is an operetta composed in 1908 by Oscar Straus (1870–1954) based on George Bernard Shaw's 1894 play, Arms and the Man.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

In an aria from Act I, Nadina idolizes the heroism of her fiancé, the self-opinionated Major Alexis Spiridoff. However, her illusions are later shattered upon learning from Lieutenant Bumerli – The "chocolate solder" of the title, so-called because of his passion for chocolate drops – That Alexius had never intended to lead the brilliant cavalry charge for which he is famed: his horse actually bolted with him, and his troops dutifully followed!

- Program Note from liner notes of Chandos CD Treasures of Operetta

Harry Alford is reported to have arranged this work for the pioneering University of Illinois band director A.A. Harding.

- Program Note by Bruce Nieuwenhuis


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Flint (Mich.) Concert Band (Bruce Nieuwenhuis, conductor) – 6 May 2016
  • Allentown Band (Unkown Conductor)

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