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Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij

This work is the fifth movement of the composer's Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings.

General Info

Year: 1987 / 2023
Duration: 8:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $165.00   |   Score Only - $39.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboes I-II (II doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo (2 players)-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat or C Trumpet I-II-III-IV (I doubling B-flat Flugelhorn)
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom Tom
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata and suggestions from Johan de Meij posted with permission 4/8/2013

  • Flutes, m.156: Add dot to beat 2 quarter note
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.195: tremolo is G to B-flat, not B-natural. Score is wrong, part is correct.
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m.50: A, not G
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III, m.208: C#, not C-natural
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone, m.11: Tie half note to eighth note
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II, m.102: C-natural
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone, m. 128: Tie across barline to 129
  • Trumpet IV, m.184: Trumpet 4 missing from score
  • Horns, m.163-170: 2nd time Horns Bells Up!
  • Horn in F II, m.189: G, not Gb
  • Horn in F II, m.219: Horn II one bar missing – same as 217/218
  • Baritone T.C., m.184-189: Key signature should be one sharp, not two.
  • C-Tuba part should sound an octave LOWER as written [8va bassa sempre] - ALL five movements
  • Snare Drum, m.163-183: Snare drum should have 32nd grace notes before every quarter note [as in score, part is wrong]
  • Snare Drum, m.186-189: Snare drum tacet after the first note

In score:

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I, m.195: Tremolo is G to B-flat, not B-natural.

Program Notes

The fifth movement expresses the carefree and optimistic character of the Hobbits in a happy folk dance; the hymn that follows emanates the determination and noblesse of the hobbit folk. The symphony does not end on an exuberant note, but is concluded peacefully and resigned, in keeping with the symbolic mood of the last chapter, The Grey Havens, in which Frodo and Gandalf sail away in a white ship and disappear slowly beyond the horizon.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

  • New York: Grade VI
  • Iowa: Grade VI


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