Festive Dance from "Faust"

From Wind Repertory Project
Charles Gounod

Charles Gounod (arr. Andrew Glover)

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 3:13
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $68.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I
E-flat Alto Saxophone II/Alto Clarinet
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

French composer Charles Gounod created music for the very successful opera Faust, which premiered in 1859. Its plot is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s book, perhaps the most famous telling of the storied legend, in which Faust gives his soul to the devil in exchange for youth. Nearly a decade after the opera’s premiere, its two librettists suggested that Gounod compose additional music for a ballet sequence to enhance the fourth act. Between September and November 1868, Gounod composed the seven-movement orchestral ballet suite, and the expanded work was first performed at the Paris Opera on March 3, 1869. This spectacular production was highly lauded for its splendor, and one critic exclaimed that Gounod’s music established the composer as “markedly superior” to his contemporaries.

This music soon began to enjoy a second life when excerpted from the opera and performed as a concert work -- first by orchestras, and later by concert bands in the late 1800’. Often under the title Ballet Music from Faust, this charming and exciting music continues to be enjoyed by audiences worldwide. The Festive Dance is the seventh and final movement of Gounod’s ballet suite. Gounod’s score bears the simple title Finale, although in many concert editions it appears under the title Bacchanale. This arrangement was premiered on April 13, 2003, by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa, with the arranger conducting.

- Program Note from score

Faust is a grand opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré's play Faust et Marguerite, in turn loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, Part 1. It debuted in Paris on 19 March 1859.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Nebraska at Kearney Wind Ensemble (Duane Bierman, conductor) - 30 September 2021
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Ryan S. Smith, conductor) – 3 December 2018
  • Lexington (Mass.) Bicentennial Band (Jeffrey Leonard, conductor) – 31 January 2016
  • Arkansas (Fayetteville) Winds Community Concert Band (Michael Ferguson, conductor) – 6 July 2015
  • Illiana Christian High School (Lansing, Ill.) Wind Ensemble – 17 October 2013
  • Karl L. King Municipal Band (Fort Dodge, Iowa) (Andrew Glover, conductor) - 13 April 2003 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Faust (opera), Wikipedia Accessed 22 January 2016
  • Gounod, C.; Glover, A. (2003). Festive Dance from Faust [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.