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Terracotta Warriors

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Scott Watson

Scott Watson

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
C Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Brake Drum
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Floor Tom
  • Marching Machine
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibra-slap
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Terracotta Warriors was inspired by the extraordinary "spirit army" of clay statues -- numbering more than 6,000 -- created in the third century B.C. for the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of China. This astounding array of armed sculptures was placed in the emperor's tomb, along with hundreds of terracotta horses and chariots, to protect the emperor in the afterlife.

The music begins with a brief, plaintive folk chant summoning the army from their centuries-old sleep. The faithful warriors respond, coming to life to protect their emperor with musical representations of uniform marching and weapons display. Terracotta Warriors captures the legend and grandeur of the Qin dynasty in this striking and unique piece for band.

Terracotta Warriors was commissioned by the Albemarle County (Virginia) Middle School Honors Band and was premiered at their November 2016 festival.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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