Danse Slave

From Wind Repertory Project
Emmanuel Chabrier

Emmanuel Chabrier (trans. Lawrence Odom)

General Info

Year: 1887 / 1980 / 2019
Duration: c. 5:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone



  • Percussion. m.1: add 3/4 meter signature.

Program Notes

Le roi malgré lui (King in Spite of Himself or The reluctant king) is an opéra-comique in three acts by Emmanuel Chabrier of 1887 with an original libretto by Emile de Najac and Paul Burani. The opera is revived occasionally, but has not yet found a place in repertory. Eric Blom wrote that the tragic fate of the opera was to be written a quarter of a century too soon. However, the music has been greatly admired by composers including d'Indy, Ravel and Stravinsky.

Two orchestral extracts from the opera have from time to time found their way onto concert programmes and recordings : the ';Fête polonaise and the Danse slave.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Danse Slave is from the thrd act of Chabrier's comic opera Le Roi malgré lui. Completed in 1887, the opera ran for one week before the Opera-Comique (Paris' most fashionable comic opera venue) burned down. The title of the work suggests a Bohemian theme, but the listener may detect a little Spanish influence. Less than a decade earlier, Chabrier and his wife spent four months in Spain, an experience that had a profound influence on the composer's life, and was the inspiration for the composer's well-know orchestral work, España.

- Program Note from liner notes of U.S. Air Force Band CD French Impressions


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


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