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Guadalcanal March (arr Curnow)

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Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers (arr. James Curnow)

Subtitle: From Victory at Sea

General Info

Year: 1952 / 1989
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Jenson through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Convertible Bass Line
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


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


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  • Rodgers, R.; Curnow, J. (1989). Guadalcanal March: From Victory at Sea [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 512.