Gettysburg is an American symphonic poem depicting a countryside landscape before, during, and after war.


Full Orchestra – Single Movement (5:20 performance time)

Gettysburg features memorable melodies, strong imagery with widely varied orchestration, and a heroic and optimistic conclusion. It is ideally suited for a pops, educational, Americana, or “film music” type concert.

Recommended for professional or semi-professional groups. (Not yet graded for difficulty.)


Flute 1
Flute 2
Flute 3 (Piccolo)
Oboe 1
Oboe 2
Bb Clarinet 1
Bb Clarinet 2
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon 1
Bassoon 2

F Horn 1
F Horn 2
F Horn 3
F Horn 4
Bb Trumpet 1
Bb Trumpet 2
Bb Trumpet 3
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
Bass Trombone

Percussion (Tam-Tam, Sus. Cymbal, Piatti, Triangle, Snare Drum I, Snare Drum II, Bass Drum, Chimes, Glockenspiel)

Violin I
Violin II

Program Notes

“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” —Abraham Lincoln

Gettysburg (2016) is an American symphonic poem depicting a countryside landscape before, during, and after war.

The piece begins with an idyllic exposition of two themes played by a progression of soloists. Just as the full orchestra begins to come together, a lone trumpet interrupts, and the music suddenly turns dark: battle is here, now, unexpected. A series of restless, colorful vignettes suggest confused scouting, church bells ringing alarm, and the mustering of two armies. An ascending horn motif creates a thread of rising tension, which builds through a barrage of percussive “artillery fire,” finally breaking into a rousing brass fanfare and the climactic return of both themes. The militant “B” theme charges forward valiantly, but is ultimately washed away by the soaring “A” theme. At last, calm returns, and as the battle fades into memory, the soloists’ voices weave together: old soldiers, passing the story down.

Conor Brace (born 1983) is a composer and trumpet player from Austin, Texas.

Download the FREE, ready-to-print sheet music below. You can print as many copies as necessary for your group, and perform the piece in any not-for-profit setting.

In return, all I ask is that you send me a recording of your rehearsal or performance!

Download package includes:
– Score (PDF – 11″x17″)
– Parts (PDF – 8.5″x11″ and 9″x12″)
– MP3 audio mockup

(spiral bound, 11″x17″)

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