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Emmanuel (arr Scatterday)

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Michel Colombier

Michel Colombier (trans. Mark Davis Scatterday)

General Info

Year: 1971 / 2015?
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Mark Davis Scatterday
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $100.00

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Full Score
Solo in C
Solo in B-flat
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Flugelhorn
Horn in F I-II
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

With the Tijuana Brass mostly on hold at the time, Herb Alpert commissioned what was immediately touted as a landmark recording project from French musical polymath Michel Colombier -- a pop symphony with the positively Mahlerian ambition to encompass the entire world in about 37 minutes. Alpert produced it, the gnomelike Paul Williams contributed lyrics, and Colombier composed the music and recorded it mostly in Paris, with additional big-band tracks and voices added at A&M Studios in Los Angeles.

In a nutshell, Wings is a journey from darkness to light, with the hellfire of opening song Freedom and Fear -- powered by the anguished voice of Bill Medley (of the Righteous Brothers) -- eventually giving way to the redemption of love (Colombier might disagree that there's any storyline, but the evolution seems quite clear). Emmanuel was like a classical intermezzo on this groundbreaking album.

- Program Note from Allmusic


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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