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Jesus Christ Superstar

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber (arr. Henry Mancini; adapt. John Moss)


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General Info

Year: 1970 / 2004
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Andrew Lloyd Webber's landmark musical from the early 1970s ushered in a new era of powerful rock-oriented music for the Broadway stage (and subsequent movie). The orchestral suite by Henry Mancini has long been a standout, and John Moss has adapted this version creating a wonderful setting for symphonic band. Includes: Superstar, Everything's Alright, King Herod's Song and I Don't Know How to Love Him.

- Program Note by publisher


Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It started as a rock opera album musical before its Broadway on-stage debut in 1971. The musical is mostly sung-through, with little spoken dialogue. The story is loosely based on the Gospels' accounts of the last week of Jesus' life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It depicts political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not present in the Bible.

The work's depiction offers a free interpretation of the psychology of Jesus and other characters. Much of the plot centers on Judas, who is dissatisfied with the direction in which Jesus is steering his disciples. Contemporary attitudes, sensibilities, and slang pervade the rock-opera's lyrics, and ironic allusions to modern life are scattered throughout the depiction of political events. Stage and film productions accordingly contain many intentional anachronisms.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Jesus Christ Superstar, Wikipedia Accessed 28 January 2020
  • Webber, A; Rice, T.; Mancini, H.; Moss, J. (2004). Jesus Christ Superstar: Medley [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.