At some point in the school year, a principal or a director will approach the local music teacher / specialist for some graduation music. It might be middle school or it might be high school, but it's got to be done. Often, it's the old, tried (tired?) and true - Pomp and Circumstance. But what about something new? Why not try Gaudeamus Igitur?
Gaudeamus Igitur is a graduation song used throughout Europe and South Africa. It's often used in international schools (especially if your principal happens to be South African! grin!).
This band score has been orchestrated for clarinet, strings, piano, and flute. The melody line is in the clarinet and first violin. There is a counter-melody line in the flute. The music is in 3/4 waltz time, in two sections. The A section has a repeat sign; the B section does not. We typically play this until the graduates have walked across the stage and are sitting. This means sometimes we do AAB, while sometimes we do AABAAB. When the piece repeats, we add one extra beat in the B section so that the ending doesn't sound so shocking.
Included with this file are:
MP3 file - compiled from MIDI, as a preview
SmartMusic rehearsal file
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