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Best Instrumental Composition

 

60th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2017)
 

nominees

Alkaline

Choros #3

Home Free (For Peter Joe)

Warped Cowboy

Three Revolutions

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2016)
 
winner

Spoken At Midnight

Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band)

58th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2015)
 
winner

The Afro Latin Jazz Suite

Arturo O'Farrill, composer.

57th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2014)
 
winner

The Book Thief

John Williams, composer. (John Williams)

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2013)
 
winner

Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra

Clare Fischer, composer.

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2012)
 
winner
Chick Corea

Mozart Goes Dancing

Chick Corea, composer.

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2011)
 
winner
Béla Fleck

Life In Eleven

Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, composers.

53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2010)
 
winner

The Path Among The Trees

Billy Childs, composer.

52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2009)
 
winner

Married Life

Michael Giacchino, composer.

51st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2008)
 
winner
John Williams

The Adventures Of Mutt

John Williams, composer.

50th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2007)
 
winner

Cerulean Skies

Maria Schneider, composer.

49th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2006)
 
winner
John Williams

A Prayer For Peace

John Williams, composer.

48th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2005)
 
winner

Into The Light

Billy Childs, composer.

47th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2004)
 
winner

Merengue

Paquito D'Rivera, composer.

46th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2003)
 
winner

Sacajawea

Wayne Shorter, composer.

45th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2002)
 
winner

Six Feet Under Title Theme

Thomas Newman, composer.

44th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2001)
 
winner

Cast Away - End Credits

Alan Silvestri, composer.

43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2000)
 
winner
John Williams

Theme From Angela's Ashes

John Williams, composer.

42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1999)
 
winner

Joyful Noise Suite

Don Sebesky, composer.

41st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1998)
 
winner
Béla Fleck

Almost 12

Béla Fleck, Future Man & Victor Lemonte Wooten, composers.

40th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1997)
 
winner

Aung San Suu Kyi

Wayne Shorter, composer.

39th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1996)
 
winner
Herbie Hancock

Manhattan (Island Of Lights And Love)

Herbie Hancock & Jean Hancock, composers.

38th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1995)
 
winner

A View From The Side

Bill Holman, composer.

37th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1994)
 
winner

African Skies

Michael Brecker, composer.

36th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1993)
 
winner

Forever In Love

Kenny G, composer.

35th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1992)
 
winner

Harlem Renaissance Suite

Benny Carter, composer.

34th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1991)
 
33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1990)
 
winner
Pat Metheny

Change Of Heart

Pat Metheny, composer.

32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1989)
 
winner

The Batman Theme

Danny Elfman, composer.

31st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1988)
 
winner

The Theme From LA Law

Mike Post, composer.

30th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1987)
 
winner
Herbie Hancock

Call Sheet Blues

Billy Higgins, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter & Wayne Shorter, composers.

29th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1986)
 
winner

Out Of Africa

John Barry, composer.

28th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1985)
 
winner

Miami Vice Theme

Jan Hammer, composer.

27th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1984)
 
winner
John Williams

Olympic Fanfare & Theme

John Williams, composer. (TIE)

winner

The Natural

Randy Newman, composer. (TIE)

26th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1983)
 
winner

Love Theme From Flashdance

Giorgio Moroder, composer.

25th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1982)
 
winner
John Williams

Flying - Theme From E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

John Williams, composer.

24th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1981)
 
winner

The Theme From Hill Street Blues

Mike Post, composer.

23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1980)
 
winner
John Williams

The Empire Strikes Back

John Williams, composer.

22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1979)
 
winner
John Williams

Superman Main Title Theme

John Williams, composer.

21st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1978)
 
winner
John Williams

Theme From Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

John Williams, composer.

20th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1977)
 
winner
John Williams

Star Wars - Main Title

John Williams, composer.

19th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1976)
 
winner

Bellavia

Chuck Mangione, composer.

18th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1975)
 
winner

Images

Michel Legrand, composer.

17th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1974)
 
winner

Tubular Bells - Theme From The Exorcist

Mike Oldfield, composer.

16th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1973)
 
winner

Last Tango In Paris

Gato Barbieri, composer.

15th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1972)
 
winner

Brian's Song

Michel Legrand, composer.

14th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1971)
 
winner

Theme From Summer Of '42

Michel Legrand, composer.

13th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1970)
 
winner

Airport Love Theme

Alfred Newman, composer.

12th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1969)
 
winner

Midnight Cowboy

John Barry, composer.

11th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1968)
 
winner

Classical Gas

Mason Williams, composer.

10th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1967)
 
winner

Mission: Impossible

Lalo Schifrin, composer.

9th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1966)
 
winner

Batman Theme

Neal Hefti, composer.

7th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1964)
 
winner
Henry Mancini

The Pink Panther Theme

Henry Mancini, composer.

6th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1963)
 
winner

More - Theme From Mondo Cane

Nino Oliviero, Norman Newell & Riz Ortolani, composers.

5th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1962)
 
winner

A Taste Of Honey

Bobby Scott & Ric Marlowe, composers.

4th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1961)
 
winner

African Waltz

Galt MacDermott, composer.

2nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1959)
 
winner
Duke Ellington

Anatomy Of A Murder

Duke Ellington, composer.

1st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1958)
 
winner

Cross Country Suite

Nelson Riddle, composer.