Everyday Heroes

Not all heroes wear capes!  Believe it or not, there are heroes around us every single day.  From the school teacher, to the doctor, to the fire-fighters and police officers, to our military.......they are the ones who protect us, keep us safe, and provide a better place to live.

Composer John Fischer takes the idea of those professions, which are done without much fanfare, and gives them the proper hero's attention.

Difficulty - Medium     Grade - 3.5

*Rights Required to perform 'Heroes' by David Bowie.

Public Domain pieces from Dvorak and Beethoven do not require rights.

Preshow - Heroes by David Bowie (Rights Required)

This percussion feature is a perfect way to introduce the theme of the show to your audience, gives an opportunity for a visual warmup, and gets your percussionists primed to perform.  This soft adaptation of Bowie's famous 'Heroes' is full of expression and thick keyboard sounds.

Mvt. I - A Hero's Song by Antonin Dvorak

With a 'hero's theme' that surfaces and is tossed from section to section, Dvorak's final symphonic work tells us the triumphs and struggles of a heroic person.  From the subtle 'hero's theme' handed around, it transforms into a very triumphant melody.  The middle section signifies the hero's grief, and the developmental section signifies the struggle they face.  But the triumphant theme returns towards the end, with a brief restatement of the 'hero's theme' making an appearance, and the hero is celebrated.

Mvt. II - Heroes by David Bowie (Rights Required)

'We can be heroes, just for one day.'  The 1975 Bowie classic, quite possibly one of the greatest rock releases of all time, tells of the story of human triumph over adversity.  The everyday heroes we have among us keep that spirit, the spirit of triumph through hardships, alive in our world.  The piece opens with an expressive saxophone ensemble.  As the rest of the wind section adds in, the harmony progresses and crescendos into a beautiful exposed wind feature of the main theme.  

Mvt. III - Eroica Symphony (#3 - Mvt. I) by Ludwig von Beethoven

Written in 1803, the piece was originally tabbed to be dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, as Beethoven had such admiration for his democratic ideals.  Although he had to withdraw the dedication due to a financier issue (and had to dedicate to someone else who paid the bills), the symphony was to be called 'Buonaparte.'  However, upon declaring himself as the emperor of France in 1804, Napolean's namesake was stricken from the title by an enraged Beethoven, who would then name it the Sinfonia Eroica - the heroic symphony.