Hymn to New England, A

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (arr. Paul Lavender)

General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Written in 1987 as the accompaniment to New England Time Capsule, an Omnimax travelogue, and recently recorded by the Boston Pops, this three-minute concert work adapts wonderfully for band. With true Williams craftmanship, it features brassy fanfares and a rich, sonorous hymn, all based on the same melodic intervals. John Williams' brilliant orchestration is successfully captured, making this a superb concert opener for bands.

- Program Note from publisher

A Hymn to New England was written by John Williams as the accompaniment to New England Time Capsule, an Omnimax travelogue of New England shown in the Mugar Omni Theater at Boston’s Museum of Science. The first public performance was given on May 5,1987 by John Williams and the Boston Pops. The Hymn is dedicated “with gratitude to David Mugar.” Boston Pops percussionist and arranger Pat Hollenbeck orchestrated the score and arranged it to fit the IMAX film.

The three-minute concert work opens with a rising two-bar theme based on open fourths and fifths, stated by unison trumpets; bravura quintuplet figurations follow. These elements build into a full orchestral fanfare. The work is in a simple song form, and rises to a strong conclusion combining the theme and the fanfares.

- Program Note by San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 29 October 2011


State Ratings

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  • Williams, J.; Lavender, P. (2000). A Hymn to New England [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.