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Fantasies on Frère Jacques

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Yo Goto

Yo Goto

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Yamaha Music Entertainment
Cost: Score and Parts - 4,180 yen


Full Score
Flute (div.) (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet (div.) (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in E-flat (div.)
Horn in F (div.)
Trombone I-II
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The piece was designed as variations on the French folk song Frère Jacques. This song is chosen as a theme because it is well known all over the world and the melody is easy to play for young musicians. Students can learn typical styles of wind music through performing the piece.

The entire piece consists of six sections titled, Fanfare, Theme, March, Waltz, Chorale, and Finale. Additionally two other European folk songs, London Bridge Is Falling Down and O du lieber Augustin, which sound similar to Frère Jacques, are also employed in the piece.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Grice, Jennifer L."Fantasies on Frère Jacques." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 229-240. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.