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Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (arr Sweeney)

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John Lennon
Paul McCartney

John Lennon and Paul McCartney (arr. Michael Sweeney)


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Subtitle: With a Little Help from My Friends


General Info

Year: 1967 / 2007
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
F Horn I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drumset
  • Marimba
  • Siren Whistle
  • Slapstick
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle (small)
  • Vibraphone (optional)
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Released on 1 June 1967, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, spending 27 weeks at the top of the albums chart in the United Kingdom and 15 weeks at number one in the United States. Time magazine declared it "a historic departure in the progress of music" and the New Statesman praised its elevation of pop to the level of fine art. It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour.

In February 1967, after recording Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, McCartney suggested that the Beatles should release an entire album that would represent a performance by the fictional Sgt. Pepper band. This alter ego group would give them the freedom to experiment musically. During the recording sessions, the band endeavoured to improve upon the production quality of their prior releases. Knowing they would not have to perform the tracks live, they adopted an experimental approach to composition, writing songs such as With a Little Help from My Friends, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and A Day in the Life. Producer George Martin's innovative recording of the album included the liberal application of sound shaping signal processing and the use of a 40-piece orchestra performing aleatoric crescendos.

Sgt. Pepper is regarded by musicologists as an early concept album that advanced the use of extended form in popular music while continuing the artistic maturation seen on the Beatles' preceding releases. It has been described as one of the first art rock LPs, aiding the development of progressive rock, and credited with marking the beginning of the Album Era. An important work of British psychedelia, the album incorporates a range of stylistic influences, including vaudeville, circus, music hall, avant-garde, and Western and Indian classical music.

In 2003, the Library of Congress placed Sgt. Pepper in the National Recording Registry, honouring the work as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". That same year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number one in its list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". As of 2011, it has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums in history. Professor Kevin J. Dettmar, writing in the Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, described it as "the most important and influential rock and roll album ever recorded".

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Celebrating 40 years since The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper "taught the band to play," here is a medley of some of the best-known hits from what many consider the best album of the rock era. Includes: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds; When I'm Sixty-Four; She's Leaving Home and With a Little Help from My Friends.

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • San Dieguito Academy (San Diego, Calif.) Wind Ensemble I (Jeremy Wuertz, conductor) – 11 September 2019
  • Sul Ross State University (Alpine, Tx.) Communiversity Band (Jeffrey J. Meyer, conductor) - 7 October 2018
  • Phoenix (N.Y.) Community Band (David Frateschi, conductor) - 21 May 2018
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Jan Weiland, conductor) – 15 October 2017
  • Valley Stream (N.Y.) Community Band (Todd A. Holly, conductor) – 21 July 2015


Works for Winds by these Composers

Lennon:

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McCartney:

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