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Liberty Fanfare (arr Bocook)

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John Williams

John Williams (arr. Jay Bocook)

General Info

Year: 1986 / 2010
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $195.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell, Large
  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Piatti
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In 1986, for the celebration of the 100th birthday of the Statue of Liberty, John Williams was commissioned by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation to write a fanfare for orchestra. The entire piece is approximately five minutes in length and utilizes brilliant brass for the main themes and woodwinds for a recurring, melodious motif. The rhythm is also repeated several times throughout the piece.

“As fanfares go, [it] is a humdinger,” wrote Anthony Tommasini, chief music critic of the New York Times. “It’s got two great tunes: a brassy and boisterous fanfare riff, all roulades and flourishes and forward motion; and a long-lined tune for hushed-up [woodwinds] that sounds like lots of others Williams has composed for Hollywood, but still gets you right in the back of the throat.” 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.”

- Program Note from Tokyo Geidai Wind Orchestra concert program, 17 December 2016

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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) Symphonic Band (Craig Cornish, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Shaun R. Popp, conductor) – 7 February 2020
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Shaun R. Popp, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Central Valley Winds (Fresno, Calif.) (Patricia DeBenedetto, conductor) – 30 April 2017
  • Tokyo (Japan) Geidai Wind Orchestra (Masaharu Yamamoto, conductor) - 17 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 23 October 2016
  • Northshore Concert Band (Chicago, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 17 April 2016
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Brad Snow, conductor) – 22 February 2016
  • Austin (Tex.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 22 November 2015

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