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Overture to "Strike Up the Band"

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin (arr. Matsushiro)


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General Info

Year: 1927 /
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental ($350.00)


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe
English Horn
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Strike Up The Band is the title song for a musical interpretation of George S. Kaufman’s satire about a proud American owner of a cheese factory who is outraged when Switzerland protests a tariff on imported cheese and convinces the U.S. government to declare a war he would finance. George and Ira Gershwin saw this as an opportunity to write in the style of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The 1927 production never made it out of Philadelphia, as political satire was a hard sell even in an operetta style. The inevitable boy-meets-girl story did produce the classic love song The Man I Love.

- Program note from Music Program Notes for Band and Wind Ensemble Music


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Performances

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  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 14 February 2017


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