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With Malice Toward None

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John Williams

John Williams (trans. Paul Lavender)

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General Info

Year: 2012 / 2015
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

With Malice Toward None comes from the critically acclaimed film Lincoln produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. The original score to the film earned John Williams an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Best Original Score. The movie depicts Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, as he struggles with the ramifications of the Civil War both personally and politically.

Williams composed this version of With Malice Toward None for trumpeter Christopher Martin, who recorded the original soundtrack to the film with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

- Program Note from University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble concert program, 22 November 2015

With Malice Toward None (2012) refers to the second inaugural speech of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. It is a folk-song-styled, simple, lyrical and honest melody that could be said to be the main theme of the score from the feature film Lincoln.' It seems to embody the down-to-earth nobility of the main character and his humanity. Colored with a lilting gait of folk music in some settings and slow solemn progression of traditional hymns in others, this theme paints a very humble, thoughtful and gentle picture of the president of the United States. Williams chooses to set a trumpet solo for this scene, a reminder for listeners of its evocations of bugle calls, trumpet annunciations, and the death call of Taps.

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


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  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Wind Ensemble (Damon Talley, conductor; Matthew Vangjel, trumpet) - 27 September 2022
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Colin MacKenzie, conductor) – 2 March 2020
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) and United States Naval Academy Band (Annapolis, Md.) (Patrick K. Sweeten, conductor; Pat Sarrocco, trumpet) – 9 February 2020
  • Lone Star (Dallas, Tx.) Wind Orchestra (Andrew Trachsel, conductor; Eddie Jimenez, trumpet, trumpet) – 26 January 2020
  • United States Army Field Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jim Keene, conductor; Tom Hooten, trumpet) – 5 November 2018 (Torrance, Calif.)
  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Chris Martin, trumpet) – 11 April 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Ensemble (Nicholas E. Williams, conductor; Jason Bergman, trumpet) - 1 December 2016
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Timothy J. Holton, conductor; Kelley Corbett, trumpet) – 6 November 2016
  • University of Texas Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Christopher Martin, trumpet) – 22 November 2015 – *Premiere Performance of wind ensemble transcription*

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