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


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboes I-II (II doubles 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
F Horn I-II-III-IV
B-flat or C Trumpet I-II-III-IV (I doubles B-flat Flugelhorn)
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

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

  • 11 Bari sax tie half note to eighth note
  • 50 Clar. III = A, not G
  • 102 Alto sax 2 c-natural
  • 128 Bari sax tie across barline to 129
  • 156 Flutes add dot to beat 2 quarter note
  • 163-170 2nd time Horns Bells Up!
  • 163 – 183 snare drum should have 32nd grace notes before every quarter note [as in score, part is wrong]
  • 184 Trumpet 4 missing from score
  • 186-189 snare drum tacet after the first note
  • 189 Horn II = G, not Gb
  • 208 Clarinet 3 = C#, not C-natural
  • 219 Horn II one bar missing – same as 217/218

!! All five movements: C-Tuba part should sound an octave LOWER as written [8va bassa sempre]


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 Johan de Meij


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • New York: Grade VI
  • Iowa: Grade VI


Performances

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  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Richard Suk, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jared Chase, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • Hope College (Holland, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Gabe Southard, conductor) – 31 October 2019
  • Texas Christian University Symphonic Band (Fort Worth) (Donald Hale, conductor) - 3 October 2019
  • Medalist Concert Band (Bloomington, Minn.) (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 19 May 2019
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony (Virginia Allen, conductor) – 18 May 2019
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W. Va.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hippensteel, conductor)– 11 May 2019
  • University of Tasmania (Australia) Wind Ensemble (Sean Priest, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Gary Gilroy, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Angelo State University (San Angelo, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan D. Alvis, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (J. Benjamin Jones, conductor) – 1 May 2019
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W.Va.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hippensteel, conductor) – 27 April 2019
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Concert Band (Heath Nails, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russell C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 19 April 2019
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Christine Keenan, conductor) – 31 March 2019
  • St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Mireles, conductor) - 28 March 2019
  • Colby College (Waterville, Maine) Wind Ensemble (Eric Thomas, conductor) – 16 March 2018
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass). (Louis J. Buckley, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Johan de Meij, conductor) – 2 March 2019
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Johan de Meij, conductor) – 25 February 2018


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