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Superman

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (arr. Robert Lowden)


Subtitle: Suite for Concert Band


General Info

Year: 1979
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $9.00

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II
Oboe I
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Guitar (optional)
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Drum Set
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Few fictional characters have been as prolific in mainstream entertainment as the Man of Steel. From the original comic stories in the 1930s to the Clayton Collyer radio show and Paramount’s animated shorts in the '40s, the Kirk Alyn television shows of the '50s, the musical adaptation for theatre and George Reeves series of the '60s, the feature films of the '70s and '80s, the television spin-offs of the '90s and '00s, and finally, a resurrection to the big screen in 2006, the legend of Superman has thrived for more than 60 years. Upon the first major motion picture production in the mid-'70s, director Richard Donner and his producers determined that the character would be treated with respect while, after all his adventures, providing him with a massive scale on which to generate his wonder. Their success in that production yielded four Oscar nominations (with one win) and a permanent “most favored Superman” status for actor Christopher Reeve.

The wind band arrangement of John Williams’ film score includes The Main Theme, The Planet Krypton, The March of the Villains, Can You Read My Mind?, and the Finale.

- Program Note by San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 29 October 2011


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Williams, J.; Lowden, R. (1979). Superman: Suite for Concert Band [score]. Warner Tamberland Publicating Corp.: New York.