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Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este

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Reynaldo Hahn

Reynaldo Hahn

General Info

Year: 1905
Duration: c. 17:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hegel & Cie, reprinted by Kalmus Music, through Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $35.00


1. Entree de Ludovic le More - 1:35
2. Lesquarcade - 3:45
3. Romanesque - 3:35
4. Iberienne - 1:40
5. Leda et l'oiseau - 2:15
6. Courante - 3:30
7. Salut Final au Duc de Milan - 0:45


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
C Trumpet
Horn in F I-II
Harp I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


  • Timbales, mvt. VI, 1 m. before reh. A: Add dynamic marking of pianissimo.
  • Cymbales et Triangle, mvt. I: Reh. B should be moved from 12 m. after reh. A to 15 m. after (just before the cymbal entrance).
  • Cymbales et Triangle, mvt. IV: Reh. A should be 24 measures of rest.
  • Cymbales et Triangle, mvt. IV: There should be 23 measures rest before reh. C, with an eighth note cymbal on beat 3 of the measure before reh. C.
  • Cymbales et Triangle, mvt. VI, 8 m. before reh. F: Add dynamic marking of piano.

Program Notes

La Bal de Béatrice d'Este is a charming post-Romantic chamber work appropriate to university performers. Its brief movements represent stylizations of Baroque Italian entertainment music. Conductors should note that two proficient harpists are required as the harp (and piano) parts play a prominent role in textural and melodic development. There are expressive markings in the parts, so players should be prepared to interpret parts with care. Consider performing this work in an intimate venue to allow the audience to appreciate the varied nuances in this pieces.

- Notes from Great Music for Wind Band

In writing the ballet Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este in Paris in 1905, but setting it in fifteenth-century Milan, Hahn blurs the line between Renaissance Italy and fin-de-siècle France. Although the ballet does not seek to retell an actual historical occasion, the work is firmly based within a historical context. Béatrice (1475-1497) was of the Italian noble family Este who ruled Ferrara from 1240 to 1597 and was celebrated for significant patronage of the arts throughout the Renaissance. In 1490, she married Ludovico Sforza the Moor, Duke of Milan. During Ludovico’s reign, Milan was praised as the “new Athens”; he lavishly supported the humanities, many of the greatest artists of the day (including Leonardo da Vinci) resided in Milan to be near their patron. Béatrice, Duchess of Milan, was singularly noted for her tremendous beauty and charm, as well as for her love poetry and dancing; her grand balls were regarded highly throughout Italy.

Within the framing processional and recessional, the interior movements of the suite consist of three Renaissance dances (although with a subtly more modern sensibility), a character sketch of Béatrice’s sister Isabella (“Ibérienne’), and an impression of da Vinci’s controversial painting Leda and the Swan.

- Program Note by Steven Dennis Bodner

Dedicated to Camille Saint-Saens.


State Ratings

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