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D'un Matin de Printemps

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Lili Boulanger

Lili Boulanger (arr. Branciard)

General Info

Year: 1918 / 2008
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Editions Robert Martin
Cost: Score and Parts - $152.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II
Bugles I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef) I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Timbales
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It was in her final winter days, in 1917-1918, that Lili Boulanger imagined a piece, brimming with life, for violin, cello and piano. This bouncy morning reminder, contemplating soft spring sunshine, was performed for the first time in February 1919 at the Societe Nationale de Musique. This posthumous act was sister Nadia’s initiative (1887-1979) who herself played the piano part. The little sister of the “Boulangerie” would live decades perpetuating her sister’s memory via the transmission of legacies of this older sibling who died much too soon, and worked throughout her lifetime scrupulously on the publication of different versions of D'un Matin de Printemps.

The piece presents a traditional A-B-A format with an obstinate rhythm, using an energetic theme notes as gay and light, followed by a mysterious episode in which we see the sun piercing through, blazing and happy, then concluding with a triumphal return of the first episode. Looking with a close eye shows a great deal of subtleties and rich harmonies in this miniature, astounding for the work of a young 24-year-old woman. Her older sister Nadia championed this work and eventually worked an orchestration for symphonic orchestra in the final days of Lili’s short life. However, this orchestral version was not published until 1993.

In 2008 Francois Branciard, while studying with Denis Cohen at the Paris conservatory, took up a proposal directed at Denis’s students to write orchestrations for French piano and chamber music. Branciard imagined a brilliant and luminous version of Lili’s work. It was a work perfectly in line with the great transcriptions of the French school. His orchestration is tailored with great finesse and draws inspiration from the sparkling colors of the Fetes or de la Mer from Claude Debussy, showcasing the woodwind and saxophone parts in this whirling sound of the reveille.

- Program Note by Jeff Girard, Midwest Sheet Music

Commercial Discography

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • The Crane Wind Ensemble (Potsdam, N.Y.) (William L. Lake, Jr., conductor) – 22 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Eastern Division Conference, Philadelphia, Penn.)
  • University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, Wash.) (Gerard Morris, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Caroline Hand, conductor) – 1 November 2017
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) – 13 October 2017
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) – 15 April 2016
  • Penn State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 19 November 2015
  • James Logan High School (Union City, Calif.) Wind Symphony (Patrick Refsnider, conductor) – 13 July 2015 (WASBE San Jose)

Works for Winds by this Composer


None discovered thus far.