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Hall of Valhalla, The

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David Marlatt

David Marlatt


Subtitle: From The Hammer of Asgard


General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Eighth Note Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I-II
Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium/Bassoon
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Hall of Valhalla is the second movement to the three-part suite The Hammer of Asgard, an original soundtrack style composition for winds and percussion. Using Norse mythology as the theme, The Hall of Valhalla is the dramatic lyrical movement of this suite. The journey to Valhalla is very subdued, but when the dead first see the gates of the mighty hall, their awe and amazement is indescribable. Wailing Hollywood horns, brilliant trumpet and woodwind solos are all supported by the percussion and powerful low parts make this fun to play for all and a wild adventure for audiences.

- Program Note by publisher


When a worthy person dies in battle, a Valkyrie comes and brings their soul to the Hall of Valhalla, where they can live for all eternity. The composition begins slowly and quietly with a solitary flute accompanied by vibraphone. One alto saxophone and one clarinet are added as the piece moves to the plaintive thinly scored section with solos for clarinet, oboe and tenor saxophone that leads to a dramatic full-ensemble climax. The music then softens before moving to a brief passage for solo alto saxophone and vibraphone. A powerful final section with film-score-style brass lines, woodwind flourishes and intense percussion effects is followed by silence. A solitary flute reappears, bringing the piece to an emotional conclusion.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


Commercial Discography

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Media


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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • Marlatt, D. (2018). The Hall of Valhalla : From The Hammer of Asgard [score]. Eighth Note Publication: [Markham, Ont.]
  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist 74.7 (March 2020): 52. Print
  • Perusal score