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Olympic Spirit, The (arr Curnow)

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John Williams

John Williams (arr. James Curnow)


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General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Instrumentation

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
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

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


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

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