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Guadalcanal March

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Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)


General Info

Year: 1952/1978
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Williamson Music

Availability separate from Victory at Sea not found.


Instrumentation

Piano (Conductor Condensed Score)
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet Solo-I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Harp
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Snare drum
  • Oriental drum
  • Military drum
  • Bass drum
  • Crash cymbals
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Large gong
  • Tambourine
  • Low bells
  • Orchestra bells
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This march was taken from the score of Victory at Sea, a 1952 television series which was based on naval battles during World War II. The volcanic island of Guadalcanal, in the South Pacific, was the scene of the first large-scale U.S. invasion of a Japanese-held island.

The music was originally published for piano in 1952 by Williamson Music, Inc. (co-owned by Rodgers) and was arranged for band by Eric Leidzén in 1955. Rodgers's score for Victory at Sea was the first instrumental score conceived for television; having won the U.S. Naval Distinguished Public Service Award and a 1953 Emmy Award, it is still considered one of the best. With a performance time of 13 hours required for the entire series, it is also the longest, as noted in the Guinness 1984 Book of World Records. A nine-movement orchestral suite, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, demonstrated that the score had both artistic and commercial merit - record albums of the suite have produced over one million dollars in sales.

-Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Recent Performances

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  • Kearsarge Community Band (New London, N.H.) (Aarne Vesiland, conductor) – 28 February 2016
  • Cary Town Band (Cary, N.C.) (Paul Bowman, conductor) - 24 October 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


References

  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 512.
  • Rodgers, R.; Bennett, R. (1978). Victory at Sea: Guadalcanal March [score]. Williamson Music: [New York].