Ballet Music from "Faust"

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Charles Gounod

Charles Gounod (arr. for military band by Dan Godfrey)

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The official published title of this arrangement is Ballet Music: Introduced into the Opera Faust.
This work bears the designation Chappell's Army Journal, no. 461

General Info

Year: 1859 / 1918
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Chappell Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


1. Valse for the Corps de Ballet
2. Helen and Her Trojan Maidens
3. Cleopatra and Her Nubian Slaves
4. Dance of Cleopatra
5. Entry of the Trojan Maidens
6. Dance of Helen
7. Bacchanale and Entry of Phryne


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Program Notes

Like many other works famous today, Faust was at first received with indifference. Produced first in Paris in 1859, the opera had its New York premiere in 1863. Since that time Faust has probably had more productions than any other opera – more than 2000 performances at the Paris Opera alone.

The complete Ballet Music from the opera was first arranged for band about 1880 and later became known across the United States through the performances of the Bohumir Kryl Band. Contemporary American band use either the arrangement by Godfrey or the more recent arrangement of Laurendeau.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Faust is a grand opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré's play Faust et Marguerite, in turn loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, Part 1. It debuted in Paris on 19 March 1859.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Kansas: VI
  • Louisiana: V


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  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio) Concert Band (R. Mark Rogers, conductor) – 3 October 2021

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  • Faust (opera), Wikipedia Accessed 22 January 2016
  • Gounod, C.; Godfrey, D. (1918). Ballet Music: Introduced into the Opera Faust [score]. Chappell & Co.: London.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 245-246.