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Music from The Hunger Games for Band Friday, March 15, 2013

With an initial print run of 200,000 copies, no one knew the success on the horizon for Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.  The initial title in the trilogy has sold over 1 million copies, been translated into 26 languages with publishing rights secured in 38 territories, and has resulted in a 2012 feature film co-written and co-directed by Collins herself.  The books and movies are popular across all age groups, and there are several arrangements perfect for spring concert programming featuring James Newton Howard’s haunting score and soundtrack hits by popular crossover artist Taylor Swift.

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Film Score Arrangements

Music from The Hunger Games
James Newton Howard, arr. Michael Brown
Grade 2
The Hunger Games has been popular with teens, tweens, and adults, and themes from James Newton Howard’s hauntingly beautiful film score have been arranged for developing band. Legato phrasing, articulation, dynamics, expression, some 16th note patterns, and a memorable theme make this powerful work great for teaching while keeping ranges accessible. With many interesting sounds and textures, film scores are fun to play, and provide great entry points into symphonic music.

Soundtrack Highlights from The Hunger Games
James Newton Howard, arr. Jay Bocook
Grade 3
The film score of James Newton Howard effectively captures the mood and drama of the blockbuster movie The Hunger Games. In this masterful adaptation for band, Jay Bocook showcases the highlights from the score including a distinctive treatment of the haunting Mockingjay call.

Hit Songs from the Soundtrack

Eyes Open
arr. James Kazik
Grade 2
From singing superstar Taylor Swift comes this hit song from the blockbuster movie The Hunger Games. This version for young players stays true to the original light rock style and will go together quickly with limited rehearsal.

Safe & Sound
arr. James Kazik
Grade 2
Featured on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games, Safe & Sound is a mysterious, haunting hit song recorded by Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars.

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