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Take on Me

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Magne Furuholmen
Pal Waaktaar

Magne Furuholmen and Pal Waaktaar (arr. Paul Murtha)

Subtitle: Recorded by A-ha

General Info

Year: 1984 / 2016
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Rock song
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Electric Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Drum Set
  • Marimba
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle (small)
  • Vibraphone (optional)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Norwegian pop band A-ha recorded this in 1985; since then the familiar tune has taken on a life of its own, becoming one of the top-selling singles of all time.

This effective version for concert band provides colorful variety in scoring and retains the exciting flavor of the original, including the signature half-time feel in the chorus.

- Program Note from publisher

Take on Me is a song by Norwegian synth-pop band A-ha. The original version was produced by Tony Mansfield and remixed by John Ratcliff. The 1985 version was produced by Alan Tarney for the group's debut studio album, Hunting High and Low (1985).

The song combines synth-pop with a varied instrumentation, including acoustic guitars, keyboards, and drums.

The original Take on Me was recorded in 1984. The video features the band in a live-action pencil-sketch sequence. The video won six awards and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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