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Baba Yetu

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Christopher Tin

Christopher Tin (arr. Johnnie Vinson)


Subtitle: From the Video Game Civilization IV


General Info

Year: 2005 / 2019
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • F Horn
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • F Horn
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass
  • Cello

Percussion I-II-III-IV

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Featured in the video game Civilization IV, this well-known theme includes a catchy African-sounding groove and infectious melody that all gamers will recognize. This careful arrangement allows bands of all sizes and instrumentations to perform it with great success.

- Program Note by publisher


Civilization IV (also known as Sid Meier's Civilization IV) is a 4x turn-based strategy computer game and the fourth installment of the Civilization series, and designed by Soren Johnson under the direction of Sid Meier and his video game development studio Firaxis Games. It was released in North America, Europe, and Australia, between October 25 and November 4, 2005.

Civilization IV follows some of the 4X model of turn-based strategy games, a genre in which players control an empire and "explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate", by having the player attempt to lead a modest group of peoples from a base with initially scarce resources into a successful empire or civilization.

Baba Yetu (Swahili: "Our Father") is the theme song for the 2005 video game Civilization IV. It was composed by Christopher Tin. For its re-release in Tin's debut album Calling All Dawns, it was performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir. The song, when rereleased, became the first piece of video game music to be nominated for and to win a Grammy Award. This Grammy win was considered a significant milestone for the critical acceptance of music from video games as a legitimate art form, and following Tin's win the Recording Academy retitled their visual media categories to become more inclusive of video game soundtracks.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Baba Yetu (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Vinson) (2005/2019)
  • Sogno di Volare (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Brown) (2016/2019)


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