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Code of Hammurabi

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Victor López

Victor Lopez

Subtitle: King of Babylon

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 1:35
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $46.00; (digital) - $46.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Timpani (optional)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (optional)
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Historic! Inspired by the King Hammurabi of Babylon, this work uses only the first six or seven notes of most beginning band methods. With no key signature and very few accidentals, you can break the code with your students and discover the basic elements that will make your band sound amazing.

- Program Note from publisher

The inspiration for this composition comes from reading historical facts about Hammurabi, a former king of Babylon (modern day Iraq), who ruled Babylonia for more than 42 years and wrote a set of Babylonian laws called the Code of Hammurabi; thus, the title. The codes of law are known to be one of the first ever written in recorded history.

There are 282 laws and they are inscribed on stone tablets (stele) standing over eight feet tall, of unknown provenance, found in Persia in 1901. The structure of the law is very specific, with each offense receiving a specified punishment. The punishments tended to be very harsh by modern standards, with many offenses resulting on death, disfigurement, or the use of "eye for eye, tooth for tooth." Owing to his reputation in modern times as an ancient lawgiver, Hammurabi's portrait is in many government buildings throughout the world.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • North Concert Band (State College, Penn.) (Brad Scherden, conductor) – 14 November 2017

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