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Chimes of Liberty

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Edwin Franko Goldman

Edwin Franko Goldman (arr. Loras John Schissel)

General Info

Year: 1922 / 1998
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One of the best known marches by march master Goldman in an excellent new edition by Loras Schissel. Perfect as a contest march for better school bands. And since it has not been simplified in any way, it is appropriate for programming by college and community bands.

- Program Note from publisher

Written in 1922, just a few years after the end of World War I, Goldman's resplendent Chimes of Liberty gave musical voice to our renewed national spirit: one of joy, optimism and hope. Special features that mark the work occur in the trio. The most notable of these are the beautiful chime solo and the shimmering embroidery of the piccolo obbligato upon the repeat. In addition Goldman makes a subtle nod to the regimental march during the trio by incorporating distance bugle-call fanfares.

They're the chimes of liberty.
Chime that ring for you and me,
Where every loyal heart beats true,
They bring joy anew;
'Tis a song of loyalty
Of a nation brave and free.
Let us pray that they will ring for aye,
Our country's chimes of liberty!

- Program Note by the Louisville Concert Band concert program, 19 December 2013

Goldman's pride in his country is reflected in such titles as Builders of America, America Grand March, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Freedom Forever, and Old Glory Forever. He was also concerned with other countries and with world peace. During a radio address regarding the status of bands, (over the NBC affiliate station WTAM in Cleveland, Ohio), Goldman stated, "I hope that strictly 'military bands' will have no military duties -- and that wars will be a thing of the past."

Like many of his marches, this chimes specialty has a robust introduction, a variety of dynamics and well-written countermelodies in the first two strains, and a simple and singable melody in the trio.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

This edition of the Chimes of Liberty March has not been simplified in any way. I have set out to record, in a playable edition,those interpretive devices employed by Dr. Goldman when he performed this march over the years. I am greatly indebted to my friend and mentor Dr. Leonard B. Smith, conductor of the famed Detroit Concert Band, for providing insight into Dr. Goldman’s interpretations and performance style. Dr. Smith was the soloist and first cornetist of the Goldman Band from 1936 to 1941.

- Program Note by arranger


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Goldman, E.; Schissel, L. (1998). The Chimes of Liberty: March [score]. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Ia.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 237.