Jeux d'enfants

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Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet (arr. Di Scala)

This work bears the designation Op. 22. The title translates from French as Children's Games.

General Info

Year: 1871 / 2013
Duration: 23:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - contact Nick Di Scala,


1. L'Escarpolette (The Swing)
2. La Toupie (The Top)
3. La Poupée (The Doll)
4. Les Chevaux de Bois (The Merry-Go-Round)
5. Le Volant (The Shuttlecock)
6. Trompette et Tambour (Trumpet and Drum)
7. Les Bulles de Savon (Soap Bubbles)
8. Les Quatre Coins (Puss in the Corner)
9. Colin-Maillard (Blindman's Buff)
10. Saute-Mouton (Leapfrog)
11. Petit Mari, Petite Femme! (Little Husband, Little Wife!)
12. Le Bal (The Dance)


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (2 on a part)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I doubling B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III-IV (all doubling Flügelhorn)
B-flat Trumpet I-II (both doubling Flügelhorn)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef)
Double Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Timpani
  • Glockenspiel
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone
  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal (small, medium, large)
  • Piatti
  • Mark Tree
  • Piccolo Wood Block
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Triangle
  • Wood Blocks (2)


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Program Notes

Jeux d'enfants ("Children's Games") Op. 22, is a set of twelve descriptive miniatures composed by Georges Bizet in its original form for piano duet (piano four hands) in 1871. The entire piece has a duration of about 23 minutes.

Bizet orchestrated five of the pieces (Nos. 6, 3, 2, 11, 12) as the Petite Suite. The remaining movements were later orchestrated by Roy Douglas (5 numbers) and Hershy Kay (2 numbers) and the complete orchestral suite has been recorded as Jeux d'enfants. Bizet himself made an orchestral version of No. 8 which he did not include in the suite. It has been recorded by Michel Plasson.

Sigfrid Karg-Elert wrote his orchestral suite after Bizet's Jeux d'enfants, Op. 21, in 1902.

In 1955, George Balanchine choreographed the entire suite as the ballet Jeux d'enfants. In 1975 he made a new ballet, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, using only four of the movements.

This arrangement for wind ensemble retains all the original keys. As a result, some of the parts and movements are quite challenging.

- Program Note by arranger


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  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) – 28 July 2013

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