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Theme from "Schindler's List"

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (arr. Custer)


Subtitle: From the Universal Motion Picture 'Schindler's List'


General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: C. 3:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Solo Violin
Solo B-flat Clarinet
Solo Flute
Flute I-II-III
Oboe
Bassoon
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The exquisite musical score for Schindler's List won an unprecedented fifth Oscar for composer John Williams. Famed violinist Itzhak Perlman performed the solos for the soundtrack.

- Program Note by publisher


Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama film, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally, an Australian novelist. The film is based on the life of Oskar Schindler, an ethnic German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.

John Williams, who frequently collaborates with Spielberg, composed the score for Schindler's List. The composer was amazed by the film, and felt it would be too challenging. He said to Spielberg, "You need a better composer than I am for this film." Spielberg responded, "I know. But they're all dead!" Itzhak Perlman performs the theme on the violin.

Regarding Schindler's List, Perlman said:

Perlman: "I couldn't believe how authentic he [John Williams] got everything to sound, and I said, 'John, where did it come from?' and he said, 'Well I had some practice with Fiddler on the Roof and so on, and everything just came very naturally' and that's the way it sounds."

Interviewer: "When you were first approached to play for Schindler's List, did you give it a second thought, did you agree at once, or did you say 'I'm not sure I want to play for movie music'?

Perlman: "No, that never occurred to me, because in that particular case the subject of the movie was so important to me, and I felt that I could contribute simply by just knowing the history, and feeling the history, and indirectly actually being a victim of that history."

The album won the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for "Best Original Score" and the Grammy Award for "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media". It was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Symphonic Band (T. André Feagin, conductor; Michelle Stanley, flute) - 4 March 2019
  • Los Alamos (N.M.) Community Winds (Ted Vives, conductor; Samantha Summers, violin) – 2 March 2019
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor; Jackie Isely, flute) – 6 May 2018
  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Don Fabian, soprano saxophone) –27 February 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (Cassandra Bechard, conductor; Misen Luu, violin) – 26 February 2018
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor; Brynn Albanese, violin) – 25 September 2016
  • Elkhart (Ind.) Municipal Band (David Swihart, conductor; Elaine Hornyak, flute) - 8 March 2015
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor; Brynn Albanese, violin) - 22 March 2009


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Schindler's List, Wikipedia Accessed 28 June 2016
  • Williams, J.; Custer, C. (1994). Theme from Schindler's List : (From the Universal Motion Picture Schindler's List) [score]. MCA Music Pub.: Milwaukee, Wisc.