Funeral March of a Marionette

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Charles Gounod

Charles Gounod (arr. Stephen Squires)

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General Info

Year: 1872 / 2001
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


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

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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Charles Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette was originally conceived by the composer as a tongue-in-cheek parody of a music critic he had come to detest. The spirit of good-hearted fun was certainly personified by the man, who later became indelibly associated with his theme – Alfred Hitchcock. Interpreted with a sly wink of the eye, this is a classic novelty.

- Program Note from publisher

The Funeral March of a Marionette (Marche funèbre d'une marionnette) is a short piece by Charles Gounod. It was written in 1872 for solo piano and orchestrated in 1879. It is perhaps best known as the theme music for the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

The following storyline underlies the Funeral March of a Marionette: The Marionette has died in a duel. The funeral procession commences (D minor). A central section (D major) depicts the mourners taking refreshments before returning to the funeral march (D minor).

The work has been recorded many times. One of the earliest recordings was by John Philip Sousa's band in 1903.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class CC


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Fletcher Ferrara, conductor) – 18 June 2019
  • Chester County Concert Band (West Chester, Penn.) (David Reif, conductor) – 30 October 2016
  • Grand Street Concert Band (Brooklyn N.Y.) (Brian Worsdale, conductor) – 1 November 2015
  • Los Alamos (N.M.) Community Winds (Ted Vives, conductor) – 24 October 2015

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