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Superman March

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (trans. Paul Lavender)


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General Info

Year: 1978 / 2008
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $195.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III
E-flat 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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Harp
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III (5-6 players)

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Released in 1978, this classic film helped pave the way for future silver screen appearances by other comic book heroes. The film score by Mr. Williams is a masterpiece of bold themes and tender moments. Here is an authentic transcription for band of the Superman March from the original soundtrack.

- Program Note by publisher


Few fictional characters have been as prolific in mainstream entertainment as the Man of Steel. From the original comic stories in the 1930s to the Clayton Collyer radio show and Paramount’s animated shorts in the '40s, the Kirk Alyn television shows of the '50s, the musical adaptation for theatre and George Reeves series of the '60s, the feature films of the '70s and '80s, the television spin-offs of the '90s and '00s, and finally, a resurrection to the big screen in 2006, the legend of Superman has thrived for more than 60 years. Upon the first major motion picture production in the mid-'70s, director Richard Donner and his producers determined that the character would be treated with respect while, after all his adventures, providing him with a massive scale on which to generate his wonder. Their success in that production yielded four Oscar nominations (with one win) and a permanent “most favored Superman” status for actor Christopher Reeve.

- Program Note by San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra


Superman March (1978) from the feature film Superman was conducted by John Williams as part of the 210th anniversary concert of the United States Marine Band. About the work, Williams states:

Growing up in my generation meant that you avidly followed the exploits of Superman in the syndicated comic strips that regularly appeared in newspapers across the country. It was a time when Superman fired the imaginations of all our youngsters, and I was no exception. Many years later, Richard Donner asked me to compose the score for his film Superman; I was thrilled. I truly felt that I was revisiting a formative part of my childhood.

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


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Encore Wind Ensemble (Saint Paul, Minn.) (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • United States Military Academy Band (West Point, N.Y.) (Richard Winkels, conductor) – 21 July 2018
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Glenn Moore, conductor) – 4 July 2018
  • Callanwolde Concert Band (Atlanta, Ga.) (Robert Meehan, conductor) - 6 May 2018
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 28 January 2018
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Adam Williamson, conductor) – 15 January 2017
  • Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Concert Band (Patricia Brumbaugh, conductor) 16 December 2016
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas E. Williams, conductor) - 1 December 2016
  • Dallas (Texas) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 19 April 2016
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 25 October 2015
  • United States Army Field Band (Meghan P. Whittier, conductor) – 20 June 2015 (Wheeling, WV)
  • FSU (Florida State University) Senior High Band Camp Wind Orchestra (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 2011


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Williams, J.; Lavender, P. (2008). Superman March: From Superman [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.