El Cid March

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Miklós Rózsa

Miklós Rózsa (arr. Hawkins)

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General Info

Year: 1961 / 1963
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Robbins Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

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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
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
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
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Miklós Rózsa's music from the 1961 movie El Cid remains one of the most revered film scores, written in the glorious orchestral style he employed on other historical epics like Knights of the Round Table and Ben-Hur. Rózsa's music for the legend of Christian Castilian knight Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, who in the 11th century fought the North African Almoravides and ultimately contributed to the unification of Spain, is endlessly thematic: the score's closely knit ideas are reverent toward the titular hero, fiercely romantic for the love story between The Cid (Charlton Heston) and Lade Chimene (Sophia Loren), and climactically aggressive for the film's grand-scale battle sequences. His music for El Cid was nominated for two Academy Awards.

A fanfare introduces the El Cid March dressed with brass fanfares and imitative counterpoint. A strident rendition of Rodrigo's theme follows over a trudging accompaniment, gaining momentum until the march theme returns and climaxes with exclamatory call-and-response brass chords and stabbing punctuation.

- Program Note by the San Jose Municipal Band concert band, 19 October 2014


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) – 25 March 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 14 March 2016
  • San Jose Municipal Band (Gregory Bergantz, conductor) - 19 October 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Rózsa, M.; Hawkins, R. (1963). El Cid March [score]. Robbins Music: [New York]