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O Canada
NMPL123
for brass band (also available for concert band)
by Howard Cable

O Canada, Canada’s national anthem, was written by Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891) for the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français (French Canadian National Festival) held in Quebec City during the Saint Jean Baptiste festivities, June 23-25, 1880. The original lyrics, in French, were the contribution of Adolphe-Basile Routhier. Beginning in 1901 English lyrics, written by various lyricists, were heard across the country. One hundred years after its first performance, O Canada was officially proclaimed national anthem of Canada, with French lyrics by Routhier and English lyrics by Robert Stanley Weir. Modifications to the English lyrics were made in 1968. The French lyrics remain unchanged.

Approximate Duration 1'15"
Grade 4
Score and parts $39.00
Score only $8.00
Supplemental alternate parts $11.00
Replacement parts $3.00

Composer’s Notes
Instrumentation

Composer’s Notes on O Canada
My first published arrangement of O Canada was written for Expo ’67 and, as the official anthem, was played throughout that Montreal summer. Musicians enjoyed the startling tonality change (F to A flat) but sing-along audiences hated the arrangement; the key was too high and the key change made them very irritable. Ironically, the publisher was an American conglomerate who, in the 1970s, jettisoned the entire catalogue and ceased operation, thus making a collector’s item out of “Modular Lavallée.”

This arrangement is of a more agreeable nature—a singable key, fully scored with no key changes. In addition, it contains a small tribute to one of the most significant creators of our time.

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Instrumentation for O Canada
Brass Band Version
The quantity of parts provided in complete set is shown in the right-hand column. Extra scores for competition purposes and additional individual instrument parts may be ordered separately.

Notes regarding instrumentation:
1.
In order to foster the growth of brass bands in places where a brass band tradition doesnŐt exist, a supplemental set of alternate parts is available to facilitate the playing of some of the treble clef parts by players more accustomed to reading non-transposing bass clef (Baritone, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba), and to allow for the use of FĘFrench Horn in place of Tenor Horn. The alternate set of parts is available separately.

Part
Qty.
full score
1
E flat Soprano Cornet
1
Solo B flat Cornets A & B
2
Solo B flat Cornets C & D
2
Repiano B flat Cornet
1
B flat Cornet 2
2
B flat Cornet 3
2
B flat Fluegelhorn
1
Solo E flat Tenor Horn
1
E flat Tenor Horn 1
1
E flat Tenor Horn 2
1
B flat Baritone 1
1
B flat Baritone 2
1
B flat Trombone 1
1
B flat Trombone 2
1
Bass Trombone
1
B flat Euphonium
2
E flat Bass
2
BB flat Bass
2
Tympani
1
Percussion 1 (Glockenspiel, Chimes)
2
Percussion 2 (Timpani, Glockenspiel, Large Suspended Cymbal, Tubular Bells (optional), Crash Cymbals (optional), Triangle)
2
   
Supplemental Alternate Parts
Qty.
Solo F French Horn (Tenor Horn Alternate)
1
F French Horn 1 (Tenor Horn Alternate)
1
F French Horn 2 (Tenor Horn Alternate)
1
B flat Baritone 1 (Concert Pitch Bass Clef)
1
B flat Baritone 2 (Concert Pitch Bass Clef)
1
B flat Trombone 1 (Concert Pitch Bass Clef)
1
B flat Trombone 2 (Concert Pitch Bass Clef)
1
B flat Euphonium (Concert Pitch Bass Clef)
2
E flat Bass (Concert Pitch Bass Clef)
2
BB flat Bass (Concert Pitch Bass Clef)
2

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