Scherzo for Motorcycle and Band

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (trans. Paul Lavender)

Subtitle: From Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

General Info

Year: 1989
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts – In process


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III (III doubling Contrabassoon)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
C Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Piatti
  • Side Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle (small)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In 1989 after a five-year hiatus, the third installment in the wildly popular Spielberg/Lucas Indiana Jones saga was released. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade opens with a glimpse of Indy’s early days as an adventurous and determined boy scout who stubbornly believes that historical artifacts belong in museums and not in the possession of greedy men.

Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra was composed by Williams to accentuate the fast-paced action of the scene as Indiana Jones and his father (portrayed by Sir Sean Connery) escape from Castle Brunwald on a motorcycle with sidecar. With Indy’s dare-devil navigating, the father-son duo successfully eludes capture by a band of motorcycle-riding Nazis. Stephen Spielberg lauded that Williams’ music “rousingly heightened the spirit of adventure, wit, and suspense.” Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade went on to become the highest-grossing film worldwide in 1989. Spielberg admits, “John is the poet in me. He makes me look so good each time out.”

- 'Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 14 August 2014


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