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Stephen Bulla

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Subtitle: Images of Iwo Jima

General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 9:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass choir
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown

Movements (played without pause)

1. Prologue: Lento lamentoso
2. Approach by Sea: Allegretto
3. Chorale Prayer: Adagio
4. Engagement: Presto marcato


B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion (4 players)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Uncommon Valor: Images of Iwo Jima was written to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, which took place during World War II and was a significant event in the history of the United States Marine Corps. The composition received its first performance on February 18, 1995, by the brass choir of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band at the Washington National Cathedral.

The work is divided into four programmatic sections, portraying the quiet anticipation before conflict, the arduous journey to the scene of battle, a time of introspection and prayer (the hymn tune Melita, or Eternal Father, Strong to Save, is featured in this section), and finally ending with the hostile confrontation. There are frequent references to The Marines’ Hymn and The Star-Spangled Banner, particularly in the closing bars depicting the Marines raising the American flag on the island, signifying the historic conclusion to the conflict.

- Program Note from United States Marine Band concert program, 23 February 2020


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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