Espana (arr Laughlin)

From Wind Repertory Project
Emmanuel Chabrier

Emmanuel Chabrier (arr. Tim Laughlin)

General Info

Year: 1883 / 2023
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Tim Laughlin
Cost: Score and Parts - $54.95   |   Score Only - $12.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II-III-IV
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III-IV
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 Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

España (Spain), Chabrier's beloved pastiche to the lively music of 19th-century Spain, is here arranged for wind ensemble. Declared by none other than Mahler as "the start of modern music," this lively rhapsody makes for a festive and bright addition to any concert.

- Program Note from publisher

España, rhapsody for orchestra (French: España, rapsodie pour orchestre or Rapsodie España) is the most famous orchestral composition by French composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841–1894). Written in 1883 after a trip to Spain, it was dedicated to the conductor Charles Lamoureux, who conducted the first public performance on 4 November 1883, at the Théâtre du Château d’Eau for the Société des Nouveaux Concerts in Paris.

After a short guitar-like introduction, the first theme appears low on muted trumpet and bassoon, and recurs four times during the piece. This is followed by a flowing second theme (bassoons, horns, cellos). Bassoons introduce another idea ben giocoso, sempre con impeto after which instrumental sections take up a dialogue with another highly rhythmic theme. After a return to the first theme, another flowing melody dolce espressivo leads to a climax only broken by a marcato theme on trombones. Instrumental and thematic variants lead the piece to its ecstatic and joyous conclusion.

Chabrier's España inaugurated the vogue for hispanically flavoured music which found further expression in Debussy's Ibéria and Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole. Erik Satie parodied this trend in his piano piece Españaña from the suite Croquis et agaceries d'un gros bonhomme en bois (1913).

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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