Ballet egyptien

From Wind Repertory Project
Alexandre Luigini

Alexandre Luigini (arr. Louis-Philippe Laurendeau, ed. H.R. Kent)

This work bears the designation Opus 12.

General Info

Year: 1875 / 1903 / 1945
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Four movements, entitled "No.1, No. 2," etc.


Full Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Bassoon (div.)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Tenor Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ballet égyptien, Op. 12 (1875), is Alexandre Luigini's best-known composition and the only one of his works in the standard repertoire. It was dedicated to Jules Pasdeloup.

The ballet consists of eight movements, from which two different concert suites have been extracted. The first suite is the better known. It originally gained prominence when it was included in Act II of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida for a performance in Lyon in 1886. The fame of the piece inspired Luigini to write other pieces on exotic themes, such as Ballet russe, Marche d'émir, and symphonic poems Fête arabe, Op. 49 and Carnaval turc, Op. 51.

This music is perhaps best known as the background music used by the British music hall act Wilson, Keppel and Betty for their sand dance.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Ballet égyptien. Wikipedia Accessed 5 June 2022
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: L-Z. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 1895. Print.
  • Luigini, A.; Laurendeau, L. (1945). Ballet Egyptien [score]. Carl Fischer: New York, N.Y.