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Hail the Conquering Hero (flex)

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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (arr. David Marlatt)


Subtitle: From Judas Maccabaeus


General Info

Year: 1746 / 2002 / 2014
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Eighth Note Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

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

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • F Horn
  • Viola

Part 4

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

Part 5

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

Timpani
Percussion

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This is one of Handel's best known melodies, this version of the famous Hail the Conquering Hero opens with a solo, gradually adds voices and builds in dynamic, then the sound drops to a duet which starts the building again. Everyone gets a section of melody making it interesting for all.

- Program Note from publisher


Judas Maccabaeus (HWV 63) is an oratorio in three acts composed in 1746 by George Frideric Handel based on a libretto written by Thomas Morell. The oratorio was devised as a compliment to the victorious Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, upon his return from the Battle of Culloden (16 April 1746).

The third act chorus. See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes!. has been adapted several times. Beethoven composed twelve variations on the work for piano and cello in 1796, and it gained familiarity as the tune invariably played by brass bands at the opening of new railway lines and stations in Britain during the 19th century.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


Performance Notes

Can be played by a minimum of five wind/string players. Percussion parts are not required but add a lot to the overall ensemble sound.


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