Viktor's Tale

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John Williams

John Williams (arr. Paul Lavender)

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Subtitle: From The Terminal

General Info

Year: 2004 / 2009
Duration: c. 4:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $195.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Williams’ score for the Steven Spielberg film The Terminal starring Tom Hanks employs an evocative world music style one might imagine could come from the fictitious country from which Hanks’ colorful character hails. Part drama, part comedy, the film follows the protagonist as he finds himself a man without a country, stuck in an airport terminal for days on end. Williams’ creative score brings to life this unusual and unfortunate circumstance and includes a musical portrait of the main character played by Hanks, whose name is Viktor Navorski. The composer

described his process:

In the story, Viktor left his home in an imaginary Eastern European country, arriving at a U.S. airport where his adventures began. To portray Viktor’s warmth and friendliness, I decided to write a dance-like piece for clarinet and orchestra that would capture something of his colorful ethnic background.

The clarinet solo in Williams’ music for The Terminal marries the composer’s skill in writing for individual solo instruments with his unparalleled excellence in film composition.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 2 June 2022

As in the original soundtrack from The Terminal, a featured solo clarinet is used to portray the warmth and friendliness of the main character, Viktor Navorsky. This appealing dance-like composition also captures something of his colorful ethnic background.

- Program Note from publisher

The Terminal was a 2004 motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. An Eastern immigrant named Viktor Navorski (played by Tom Hanks) reaches JFK airport from a politically unstable country. Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down. He makes the airport his home and develops a friendship with the people who work there until he finally has to leave.

- Program Note from IMDB


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa) Wind Ensemble (Joshua W. Neuenschwaner, conductor; R. Joseph Dieker, clarinet) - 29 April 2023
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Wind Ensemble (Frank Tracz, conductor; Amy Guffey, clarinet) - 21 January 2023
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) Wind Symphony (Warren Olfert, conductor; Breanna Olson, clarinet) - 16 October 2022
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Jaclyn Hartenberger, conductor; Ray McClellan, clarinet) - 11 October 2022
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Darren Lin, conductor; Shannon Kiewitt, clarinet) - 2 June 2022
  • Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, La.) Wind Ensemble (Jason Ladd, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony (Knoxville, Tenn.) (Logan Campbell, conductor; Holly Tumblin, clarinet) - 21 September 2019
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Shaun R. Popp, conductor; Steven Becraft, clarinet) - 1 May 2019
  • Western Reserve Community Band (Hudson, Ohio) (Ralph Meyer, conductor; George Cyphers, clarinet) – 16 March 2019
  • Colleyville (Tex.) Middle School Honors Band (Lauren Jones, conductor; Gary Whitman, clarinet) - 19 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Deborah Fabian, clarinet) – 27 March 2018
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor; Diane Barger, clarinet) – 7 December 2017
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor; Adam Ebert, clarinet) – 19 May 2016
  • Toronto (Ont., Can.) Youth Wind Orchestra (Colin Clarke, conductor; Jonathan Wong, clarinet) - 6 May 2016
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 19 April 2016
  • City of Fairfax (Va.) Band (Robert Pouliot, conductor; Dennis Strawley, clarinet) - 19 March 2016
  • Koninklijke Muziekkapel Brandweer Dendermonde (Belgium) (Patrick Heirbaut, conductor; Jeroen Callaert, clarinet) – March 2016
  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Charles T. Menghini, conductor; Eddie Vanoosthuyse, clarinet) – 17 December 2004 (2004 Midwest Clinic)

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