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Viktor's Tale

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John Williams (arr. Paul Lavender)

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Subtitle: From 'The Terminal'

General Info

Year: 2004 / 2008
Duration: c. 4:03
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $195.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

As in the original soundtrack from The Terminal, a featured solo clarinet is used to portray the warmth and friendliness of the main character, Viktor Navorsky. This appealing dance-like composition also captures something of his colorful ethnic background.

- Program Note from publisher

The Terminal was a 2004 motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. An Eastern immigrant named Viktor Navorski (played by Tom Hanks) reaches JFK airport from a politically unstable country. Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down. He makes the airport his home and develops a friendship with the people who work there until he finally has to leave.

- Program Note from IMDB


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, La.) Wind Ensemble (Jason Ladd, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony (Knoxville, Tenn.) (Logan Campbell, conductor; Holly Tumblin, clarinet) - 21 September 2019
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Shaun R. Popp, conductor; Steven Becraft, clarinet) - 1 May 2019
  • Western Reserve Community Band (Hudson, Ohio) (Ralph Meyer, conductor; George Cyphers, clarinet) – 16 March 2019
  • Colleyville (Tex.) Middle School Honors Band (Lauren Jones, conductor; Gary Whitman, clarinet) - 19 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic)
  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Deborah Fabian, clarinet) –27 March 2018
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor; Diane Barger, clarinet) – 7 December 2017
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holtan, conductor; Adam Ebert, clarinet) – 19 May 2016
  • Dallas (Texas) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 19 April 2016
  • City of Fairfax (Va.) Band (Robert Pouliot, conductor; Dennis Strawley, clarinet) - 19 March 2016
  • Koninklijke Muziekkapel Brandweer Dendermonde (Belgium) (Patrick Heirbaut, conductor; Jeroen Callaert, clarinet) – March 2016

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