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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: 6:40
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $165.00   |   Score Only (print) - $39.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboes I-II (II doubles 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
B-flat or C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


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

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

!! All five movements: C-Tuba part should sound an octave LOWER as 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 motiff 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 Johan de Meij

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • New York: Grade VI


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  • 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
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Christine Keenan, conductor) – 31 March 2019
  • St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Mireles, conductor) - 28 March 2019
  • Colby College (Waterville, Maine) Wind Ensemble (Eric Thomas, conductor) – 16 March 2018

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