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Olympic Spirit, The

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John Williams

John Williams (arranged by Eric Osterling)

General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: 1:50
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Warner Bros. Publications, acquired by Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $35.00    |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Piano (opt. for rehearsal)
  • Snare Drum


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Program Notes

The Olympic Spirit was written in 1988 at the request of the NBC Sports Division to accompany parts of their visual presentation of the Olympic Games celebrated that year in Seoul, South Korea. John Williams stated that with this piece he tried to create a clear, simple “anthem” that could be stated by the entire ensemble, but primarily featuring the brass choir which is unequalled in its ability to conjure the spirit of heroism and dedication exhibited by Olympic athletes. As always, the Olympic Games themselves present a metaphor for peaceful competition and worldwide cooperation that are our best hope for the future, and if The Olympic Spirit can in some small way capture the essence of these higher goals it would indeed be rewarding.

- Program Note from Appalachian Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 February 2016

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