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Gandalf (The Wizard)

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Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij


This work is the first movement of the composer's Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings.


General Info

Year: 1987
Duration: 6:15
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $165.00   |   Score Only (print) - $39.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboes I-II (II doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo (2 players)-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat or C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Indian Bells (or Bell Tree)
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple blocks (2)
  • Tenor Drum (or Tom Tom)
  • Triangle
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


Errata

Errata and suggestions from Johan de Meij posted with permission 4/8/2013

  • All, m.5: Quasi fermata on 3rd beat
  • Woodwinds & Horns, m.111: Ad lib. Woodwinds & Horns 2nd time only!
  • Piccolo, m.103: Downbeat of 3 is an E
  • Piccolo, m.144: First note A-flat (not A)
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I, m.138/139: 8va up ad lib. [cp English horn]
  • B-flat Trumpet I m.18-19: Trumpet I remains A [dotted half note slurred to half note in 19]
  • B-flat Trumpets, m.127: valvet = velvet mute [substitute: bucket or cup mute]
  • Horn in F III, m.60: [part], beat 3&, tie eighth note to beat 1 of meas. 61
  • Horn in F III, m.63: [part], beat 3&, tie eighth note to beat 1 of meas. 64
  • Horn in F III, m.91: [part], beat 3&, tie eighth note to beat 1 of meas. 93
  • Horn in F III, m.94: [part], beat 3&, tie eighth note to beat 1 of meas. 95
  • Trombones, m.24: ff, no slurs [marcato], horns & saxes staccato instead of tenutos
  • Trombone II, m.72: D, not C
  • Trombone II, m.107: Delete repeated measure in part
  • Trombone II, m.111: First note A (not B)
  • Trombone II, m.116: First note B-flat (not B)
  • Tuba, m.58: lower voice E (not D)
  • Piano, m.152: Accent on first note (not 2nd)
  • Timpani, m.35: E 8va bassa
  • Bells, m.149: Quasi tremolo, fast – not rhythmical
  • All five movements: C-Tuba part should sound an octave lower than written [8va bassa sempre].


Program Notes

The first movement is a musical portrait of the wizard Gandalf, one of the principal characters of the trilogy. His wise and noble personality is expressed by a stately motif which is used in a different form in movements IV and V. The sudden opening of the Allegro vivace is indicative of the unpredictability of the grey wizard, followed by a wild ride on his beautiful horse, Shadowfax.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

  • New York: Grade VI


Performances

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  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel Pagan, conductor) - 29 March 2022
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Concert Band (Scott Rikkers, conductor) - 24 March 2022
  • Canyon Crest Academy (San Diego, Calif.) Wind Ensemble - 15 December 2021
  • The Southern Tier (Binghamton, N.Y.) Concert Band (Barry G. Peters, conductor) - 6 December 2021
  • Clark College (Vancouver, Wash.) Concert Band (Doug Harris, conductor) – 13 March 2020
  • Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) Symphonic Winds (Steven Riley, conductor) - 27 February 2020
  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Richard Suk, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jared Chase, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • Hope College (Holland, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Gabe Southard, conductor) – 31 October 2019
  • Texas Christian University Symphonic Band (Fort Worth) (Donald Hale, conductor) - 3 October 2019
  • Medalist Concert Band (Bloomington, Minn.) (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 19 May 2019
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony (Virginia Allen, conductor) – 18 May 2019
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W. Va.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hippensteel, conductor)– 11 May 2019
  • University of Tasmania (Australia) Wind Ensemble (Sean Priest, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Gary Gilroy, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Angelo State University (San Angelo, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan D. Alvis, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (J. Benjamin Jones, conductor) – 1 May 2019
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W.Va.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hippensteel, conductor) – 27 April 2019
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Concert Band (Heath Nails, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russell C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 19 April 2019


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