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Ben Hur Overture

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Miklós Rózsa

Miklós Rózsa (arr. Robert Hawkins)

General Info

Year: 1959 / 1962
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: MGM
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Piano or Harp
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom Toms (2)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston as the title character. A remake of the 1925 silent film with the same name, Ben-Hur was adapted from Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

In AD 26, Judah Ben-Hur is a wealthy prince and merchant in Jerusalem, who lives with his mother, Miriam; his sister, Tirzah; their loyal slave, Simonides and his daughter, Esther. Esther loves Judah but is betrothed to another. Judah's childhood friend, the Roman citizen Messala is now a tribune. After several years away from Jerusalem, Messala returns as the new commander of the Roman garrison. Messala believes in the glory of Rome and its imperial power, while Judah is devoted to his faith and the freedom of the Jewish people. This difference causes tension between the friends, and results in their split after Messala issues an ultimatum to Judah.

The movie was especially noteworthy for its long and elaborate chariot race.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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