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Strike Up the Band

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin (arr. Warren Barker)


General Info

Year: 1927 / 1981
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $9.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto 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-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drumset
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Block
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The title says it all! What a smashing way to begin a concert, as the genius of Warren Barker's scoring launches a sound that has built-in, guaranteed excitement. The timeless melodies of George and Ira Gershwin have never been better served than in this dazzling work. Very, very high octane!

- Program note from publisher


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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