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Gabriel's Oboe

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Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone (arr. Robert Longfield)

General Info

Year: 1986 / 2008
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00


Full Score
Solo Oboe
Solo Flute
Solo B-flat Clarinet
Solo B-flat Trumpet
Solo E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
String Bass
Percussion (1 player), including:

  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gabriel’s Oboe was written by Morricone as the main theme of the 1986 motion picture The Mission. Directed by Roland Joffe, the film is set in the imperial era of Spain and Portugal. The story is about a Jesuit missionary who builds a mission in the South American wilderness in hopes of converting the natives there to Christianity. The Mission was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, and won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score.

In the film, the musical theme is most prominently used when the Jesuit Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) walks up to a waterfall and starts playing his oboe, aiming to befriend the natives with his music so he can carry on his missionary work in the New World. The Guaraní tribesmen, who have been stalking him from a distance, approach Gabriel for the first time, puzzled by the sounds of the unknown instrument. The chief of the tribe, however, is displeased by this, and breaks Gabriel's oboe. This marks the beginning of the relationship between Father Gabriel and the Guaraní natives.

- Program Note adapted from notes by Amanda Wang and John Uchal


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Welch Honor Band (Richard Mark Heidel, conductor; Jorge Montilla, clarinet) - 19 February 2023
  • Santa Monica (Calif.) College Wind Ensemble (Kevin McKeown, conductor; Emma Crawford, oboe) - 11 December 2022
  • Tyler (Tx.) Junior College Symphonic Band (Eddie W. Airheart, conductor; Danny Chapa, tuba/euphonium) - 14 April 2022
  • Clark Intermediate School (Clovis, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Chris Watson, conductor) – 22 April 2022 (2022 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • McCracken Middle School (Skokie, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Chip De Stefano, conductor; Lindsay Flowers, oboe) – 8 April 2022 (CBDNA 2022 North Central Conference, Madison, Wisc.)
  • Millersville (Penn.) University Wind Ensemble (Joe Cernuto, conductor; Christy Banks, clarinet) - 10 April 2021
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Shaylee Croxall, conductor; Kayla Farnsworth, oboe) - 12 November 2020
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor; Tessa Vinson, oboe) – 18 October 2019 (Salinas, Calif.)
  • Summit (N.J.) High School Wind Ensemble (Alex Bocchino, conductor; Abigail Brandt and Kelsey Lee. oboe) – 2 April 2019
  • Hanover Wind Symphony (Montville, N.J.) (Matthew Paterno, conductor; Michael R. Baker, piccolo trumpet) – 10 February 2019
  • Callanwode Concert Band (Atlanta, Ga.) (Robert Meehan, conductor) - 6 May 2018
  • Cary (N.C.) Town Band (Stuart Holoman, conductor) – 4 July 2017
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Mark Heidel, conductor; Courtney Miller, oboe) – 13 April 2017
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor; Heidi Butterfield, oboe) – 25 September 2016
  • Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Brendan Caldwell, conductor) – 21 February 2016
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Loras John Schossel, conductor; Robert Huffman, oboe) - 23 May 2015
  • Marcus High School (Tx.) Wind Symphony (David Simon, conductor; Daniel Yi, oboe) – 22 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)

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