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Liberty Fanfare

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John Williams

John Williams (arr. James Curnow)

Subtitle: Commissioned for the 100th Birthday of the Statue of Liberty

General Info

Year: 1986 / 2002
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Out of print.

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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 Contra Alto 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, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Ship's Bell
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


In Parts:

  • Baritone T.C. m.147, beat 2: B natural should read B-flat
  • Baritone B.C. m.147, beat 2: A natural should read A-flat

Program Notes

Liberty Fanfare is a composition for orchestra by John Williams. Written in 1986, the piece was commissioned to celebrate the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty on July 4 of that year. The entire piece is approximately five minutes in length and utilizes both the brass section for the main themes and the strings for providing a recurring, melodious motif. Before the premiere of the piece, Williams commented that he had "tried to create a group of American airs and tunes of my own invention that I hope will give some sense of the event and the occasion.” The composition received generally positive reviews at the time and is still regularly performed as a patriotic piece.

- Program Note from Cobb Wind Ensemble concert program, December 20, 2018


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Terry Austin, conductor) - 6 October 2021
  • U.S. Fleet Forces Band (Gregory Fritz, conductor)– 13 June 2019 (Hampton, Va.)
  • Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa) Campus Community Band (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tenn.) Wind Symphony (Ken Parsons, conductor) – 7 April 2019
  • Delaware Winds (Dover) (Jordan E. Kinsey, conductor) - 2 April 2019
  • Cobb Wind Ensemble (Marietta, Ga.) (Alfred L. Watkins, conductor; U.S. Army Band Herald Trumpets) - 20 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Sherber, conductor) – 11 November 2018
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan) Adult Band Camp (Thomas Riccobono, conductor) 12 August 2018
  • United States Army Field Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jim R. Keene, conductor) - 1 April 2017 (Hot Springs Village, Ark.)
  • United States Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 20 January 2017 (Presidential inauguration)
  • CBDA All-State (Calif.) High School Symphonic Band (Tony Mazzafarro, conductor) - 23 February 2014
  • Symphonic Wind Orchestra “La Armónica” (Buñol, Spain) (Frank De Vuyst, conductor; U.S. Army Herald Trumpets) – 16 December 2009 (2009 Midwest Clinic)
  • United States Army Band - 23 April 2009
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 22 March 2009

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Williams, J.; Curnow, J. (1986). Liberty Fanfare: Commissioned for the 100th Birthday of the Statue of Liberty [score]. Warner Bros. : [s.l.]