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Sound the Bells!

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John Williams

John Williams (trans. Paul Lavender)

General Info

Year: 1995 / 2003
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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 or C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba (4.5 octaves)
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Tuned Drums (4)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sound the Bells! was a fanfare written for a series of concerts in a 1993 tour of Japan with the Boston Pops Orchestra. John Williams felt it was a good opportunity to celebrate the joy of the wedding of Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako Owada, which occurred close to the time of the tour. Williams commented that he had always been fascinated by the huge Japanese temple bells, and they "were a kind of inspiration for the prominent use of percussion" in this work.

- Program note by Robert Strong and David Fullmer

With resplendent sound, this invigorating and jubilant work for advanced concert bands will take your breath away! This fabulous transcription for band instrumentation is enhanced with parts for harp, piano and trumpets in C. This is simply stunning fanfare, filled with an exuberance that will elevate the energy level in your concert hall.

The premiere performance of Sound the Bells! for concert band was conducted by John Williams as part of the 205th anniversary concert of the United States Marine Band, July 12, 2003, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

- Program note by publisher


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