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Scherzo for X-Wings

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John Williams

John Williams (trans. Paul Lavender)

Subtitle: From Star Wars: The Force Awakens

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $165.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
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
C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals (small and medium)
  • Tambourine (small)
  • Triangle (small)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

From the blockbuster film Star Wars: The Force Awakens this exciting music is featured in the climactic battle scene with our heroes and their X-wing fighters.

- Program Note from publisher

The X-wing fighter is a fictional starfighter from the original Star Wars trilogy and the Star Wars expanded universe. They are depicted as the primary interceptor and dogfighter of the Rebel Alliance and the New Republic. The craft has been merchandised as a variety of toys, models licensed for use in games, novels and comics.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Scherzo for X-Wings (2015) is part of the latest installment of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was released in December 2015. The story takes place some thirty years after the conclusion of The Return of the Jedi. As old and new characters come together in the film, Williams’ score artfully weaves together familiar music from the original films with brand new themes and brilliantly highlights pivotal actions and relationships. Scherzo for X-Wings accompanies a furious battle scene featuring the iconic aerial fighters of both the Resistance and the First Order. This arrangement from the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was prepared especially for the "President’s Own" Marine Band.

- Program Note from University of North Texas Wind Ensemble concert program, 1 December 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Plainville (Conn.) Wind Ensemble (Ken Bagley, conductor) - 12 March 2023
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) - 16 October 2022
  • Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble (Batavia, N.Y.) (Philip J. Briatico, conductor) – 27 April 2019
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Christine Keenan, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 15 April 2018
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 28 February 2018
  • Atlantic Pops (Atlantic City, N.J.) (Mark Kadetsky, conductor) – 8 December 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Benjamin Blasko, conductor) - 1 December 2016
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 23 September 2016
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 18 September 2016
  • United States Army Field Band (Ft. Meade, Md.) (Jim Keene, conductor) – 25 June 2016 (Selinsgrove, Penn.)
  • U.S. Marine Band (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 14 March 2016 (North Bethesda, Md.)

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