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Great Escape, The

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Elmer Bernstein

Elmer Bernstein (arr. Johnnie Vinson)


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General Info

Year: 1963 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:05
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium T.C
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Euphonium T.C
  • Cello
  • Tuba
  • String/Electric Bass

Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)

Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

From the classic 1963 film starring Steve McQueen, here is an adaptation of one of the most famous movie marches of all time. With flexible instrumentation, this arrangement will work with just about any band.

- Program Note from publisher


The Great Escape is a 1963 American epic war film starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough.

The film is based on Paul Brickhill's 1950 nonfiction book of the same name, a firsthand account of the mass escape by British Commonwealth prisoners of war from German POW camp Stalag Luft III in Sagan (now Żagań, Poland), in the province of Lower Silesia, Nazi Germany. The film was based on real events but deviated significantly from the historical record, depicting a heavily fictionalized version of the escape, including numerous compromises—such as featuring Americans among the escapees—in order to boost its commercial appeal.

The film became very popular and emerged as one of the highest-grossing films of the year, winning McQueen the award for Best Actor at the Moscow International Film Festival and is now considered a classic. The Great Escape is also notable for its motorcycle chase scene and famous jump scene, which is considered one of the best stunts ever performed.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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