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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.


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

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