Highlights from Walt Disney Pictures' "The Lion King"

From Wind Repertory Project
Elton John

Elton John (arr. Michael Brown)

General Info

Year: 1994 / 2017
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

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

Part 2

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

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano 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
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass
  • Cello

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • African Hand Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Congas or Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Guiro
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Shakers
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibra-slap
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Originally released as an animated film in 1994, then adapted as a stunning musical for Broadway in 1997, this remains one of the most powerful and beloved productions to come out of the Disney Studios. Scored for flexible instrumentation, this medley includes: This Land; I Just Can't Wait to Be King; Hakuna Matata; Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Circle of Life.

- Program Note from publisher

Lyricist Tim Rice, who was working with composer Alan Menken on songs for Aladdin, was invited to write the songs for the 1994 Disney movie The Lion King, and accepted on the condition of finding a composing partner. The producers accepted Rice's suggestion of Elton John. John expressed an interest in writing "ultra-pop songs that kids would like; then adults can go and see those movies and get just as much pleasure out of them", mentioning a possible influence of The Jungle Book, where he felt the "music was so funny and appealed to kids and adults".

John and Rice wrote five original songs for this film (Circle of Life, I Just Can't Wait to Be King, Be Prepared, Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel the Love Tonight) with the singer's performance of Can You Feel the Love Tonight playing over the end credits.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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