Circle of Life (flex)

From Wind Repertory Project
Elton John

Elton John (arr. Michael Sweeney)

Subtitle: From Disney's The Lion King

General Info

Year: 1994 / 2020
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00; (digital) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00

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
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

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

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Circle of Life is a song from The Walt Disney Company 1994 animated film The Lion King. Composed by Elton John, with lyrics by Tim Rice, the song was performed by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M. (opening Zulu language vocals) as the film's opening song.

Circle of Life was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1994, and was also nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy. The song reached No. 11 in the UK and No. 18 in the U.S. and is featured frequently in attractions based on The Lion King, such as Disney theme parks and parades.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Salem Band (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (Eileen M. Young, conductor) - 1 October 2023

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