Olympic Spirit, The (arr Curnow)

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (arr. James Curnow)

General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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 Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Olympic Spirit was written in 1988 at the request of the NBC Sports Division to accompany parts of their visual presentation of the Olympic Games celebrated that year in Seoul, South Korea. John Williams stated that with this piece he tried to create a clear, simple “anthem” that could be stated by the entire ensemble, but primarily featuring the brass choir which is unequalled in its ability to conjure the spirit of heroism and dedication exhibited by Olympic athletes. As always, the Olympic Games themselves present a metaphor for peaceful competition and worldwide cooperation that are our best hope for the future, and if The Olympic Spirit can in some small way capture the essence of these higher goals it would indeed be rewarding.

- Program Note from Appalachian Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 February 2016


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Michael Scott Butler, conductor) - 15 September 2021
  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) – 12 July 2015
  • Das Orchester der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Dirlos – 24 November 2012

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  • Williams, J.; Curnow, J. (1988). The Olympic Spirit [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.