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Olympic Spirit, The (tr Bocook)

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John Williams (tr. Jay Bocook)

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Subtitle: Created for the NBC Broadcast of the 1988 Summer Olympics

General Info

Year: 1988 / 1996
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
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
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

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 State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 February 2016


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  • Williams, J.; Bocook, J. (1996). The Olympic Spirit : Created for the NBC Broadcast of the 1988 Summer Olympics [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.