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Parade of the Charioteers

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Miklós Rózsa

Miklós Rózsa (arr. Robert Hawkins)

Subtitle: From the Film Ben-Hur

General Info

Year: 1964
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Robbins Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Jingles (or Tambourine)
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, Ben Hur went on to win 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The plot tells of a wealthy Jewish nobleman during the time of Christ who incurs the hostility of the Roman military governor, who was his childhood friend. He is reduced to manning an oar on a slave galley, and his family is sent to prison. Years later, he returns to seek vengeance upon his Roman tormentor. This culminates in a spectacular chariot race

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston as the title character. Ben-Hur had the largest budget ($15.175 million) as well as the largest sets built of any film produced at the time. There was a staff of 100 wardrobe fabricators to make the costumes, and a workshop employing 200 artists and workmen provided the hundreds of friezes and statues needed in the film.

One of cinema’s most iconic action sequences is the chariot race between the former prince and merchant, turned slave, Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and his former childhood friend, now Roman Tribute and principal antagonist, Messala (Stephen Boyd) in front of the new Judean Governor Pontius Pilate. Parade of the Charioteers was the music that accompanied the action preceding the chariot race.

The film score was composed and conducted by the Hungarian composer Miklós Rózsa, who scored most of MGM's epics. Rózsa researched Greek and Roman music, incorporating this work into his score for authenticity. Rózsa himself directed the 100-piece MGM Symphony Orchestra during the 12 recording sessions (which stretched over 72 hours). More than three hours of music were composed for the film, and two-and-a-half hours of it were finally used, making it one of the longest scores ever composed for a motion picture. For this score, considered to be the best of his career, Rózsa won his third Academy Award.

The musical soundtrack to Ben-Hur influenced many later film music composers including John Williams in his film scores for Jaws, Star Wars, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

- Program Note by Gregory C. Depp for the Metropolitan Wind Symphony concert program, 5 March 2017


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