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Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manual Miranda (arr. unknown)

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General Info

Year: 2015
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: U.S. Army Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Lin-Manuel Miranda first made a name for himself on Broadway in 2005 with his musical In the Heights. Its unusual vocal style and Latin American influence marked him as a new voice on Broadway, but when his genre-bending musical Hamilton debuted on Broadway in 2015, it was met with a certain degree of puzzlement. A rap musical about the Founding Fathers? With Alexander Hamilton as the central character? Surely Washington or Jefferson would be more engaging? But after its incredibly successful first year and 11 Tony awards including Best Musical, all doubts were erased. Hamilton seems like a musical for a new era -- a unique blend of spoken word, hip-hop, rock, and traditional Broadway that somehow fits perfectly with its setting at the birth of our nation.

Miranda’s ingenious wordplay paints a strikingly human portrait of Alexander Hamilton – his orphan upbringing, meteoric rise to prominence in early American politics, and the unrelenting ambition that ultimately hastened his fall. Miranda based his depiction of Hamilton on Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography, which makes the show as educational as it is entertaining. And there is plenty of entertainment. The hip-hop basis of much of the music gives the show a continual forward energy, and when the ensemble bursts out in more traditional song, the effect is electrifying. At its heart is the story of a man who “wrote his way out” of poverty and isolation, and into a central place in the story of our nation’s founding. Hamilton’s story becomes the story of his country as a whole—the underdog that refuses to “throw away its shot.”

- Program Note by Kevin Simpson for U.S. Army Band concert program, 12 April 2019


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  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Andrew J. Esch, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (Manassas, Va.)

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