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Peterloo Overture

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Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Arnold (arr. Charles Sayre)

General Info

Year: 1968 / 1989
Duration: 10:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Side Drum
  • Snare Drum (2)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Peterloo is the derisive name given to an incident on 16 August 1819, in St. Peter's Fields, Manchester, when an orderly crowd of some 8000 people met to hear a speech on political reform. On the orders of the magistrates, they were interrupted by the Yeomanry, attempting to seize the banners they carried, and to arrest their speaker, Henry Hunt. Cavalry were sent in, and eleven people were killed and four hundred injured in the ensuing panic.

This overture attempts to portray these happenings musically, but after a lament for the killed and injured, it ends in triumph, in the firm belief that all those who have suffered and died in the cause of unity amongst mankind will not have done so in vain.

- Program Note by Sir Malcolm Arnold


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State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • New York: VI


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  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William Petersen, conductor) – 21 February 2022
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Concert Band (Jacob Carpenter, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • California State University Fresno Wind Orchestra (Gary P. Gilroy, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • University of Evansville (Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Steinsultz, conductor) – 31 October 2017
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Mark Heidel, conductor) – 5 October 2017
  • River Valley Wind Ensemble (Kankakee County, Ill.) (David Conrad, conductor) – 16 May 2016
  • West Chester (Penn.) University Wind Symphony (M. Gregory Martin, conductor) – 15 November 2015
  • Illinois State (Normal) Symphonic Band (Joe Manfredo, conductor) – 8 October 2015
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 15 October 2010

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