La Princesse Jaune

From Wind Repertory Project
Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Lawrence T. Odom)

The title translates from the French as The Yellow Princess.

General Info

Year: 1872 / 1980
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Unknown   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Solo Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Harp or Piano
Percussion, including:

  • Gong
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Exotic Oriental harmonies provide the tonal setting for this little-known but delightful piece. Preceded by a stately and slow introduction, the overture sweeps to the end with a lively, enchanting finale.

- Program Note from publisher

La princesse jaune ("The Yellow Princess") is an opéra comique in one act and five scenes by composer Camille Saint-Saëns to a French libretto by Louis Gallet. The opera premiered at the Opéra-Comique (Salle Favart Theatre) in Paris on 12 June 1872.

Like many French artists at this time, Saint-Saëns was influenced by the Japonism movement in Paris. He appealed to this public taste by choosing a story about a Japanese princess, although it is set in the Netherlands. The music is characterized by a "light and brisk" quality that uses pentatonic harmony to evoke an "oriental" sound.

The story follows Kornélis, a student who is fascinated by all things Japanese, and his cousin Léna, who is in love with Kornélis. Kornélis, however, is too obsessed with his portrait of Ming, a Japanese girl, to notice his cousin's affections for him. In a fantastical dream caused by a potion, Kornélis is transported to Japan. At first enthralled, he eventually becomes disillusioned as he comes to the realization that he is in love with Léna.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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