Le Chausseur Maudit

From Wind Repertory Project
César Franck

César Franck (arr. Donald W. Stauffer)

General Info

Year: 1883 / 1971
Duration: c.7:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Volkwein Bros.; reprinted by C. L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts – $75.00   |   Score Only - $12.00

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Full Score
Condensed Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contralto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal

Antiphonal choir (optional), including:

  • Trumpet I-II-III
  • Horn in F I-II
  • Trombone I-II-III
  • Snare Drum


In parts:

  • Timpani. reh. I: add "3/4" meter signature.

Program Notes

German poet Burger’s dramatic story of a nobleman who chose to indulge in hunting rather than attend to his religious obligations provided the inspiration for Cesar Franck’s tone poem Le Chasseur Maudit (The Cursed Hunter). In it we hear the interplay of hunting calls and the church themes, and the beginning of the hunt. A sudden dramatic stop brings the curse with its dire sentencing, followed by the fiery chase into eternity.

-Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Le Casseur Maudit (The Cursed Hunter) is a symphonic poem by Cesar Franck which was inspired by Burger's Ballade, and it follows the intentions of that dramatic poem rather closely. The story involves a noble man who chose to indulge in hunting on the Sabbath in preference to attending to his religious obligations. We hear the interplay of the horn calls and the church bells depicting the difficult option of the Count between piety and pleasure. Presently the hunting party assembles, and with great flourish they depart on the chase, accompanied of course, by the Count. The angered spirits soon inflict their ominous curse, and a new chase begins. The errant nobleman is condemned to being pursued eternally through great walls of flame, as is depicted by the increasing fury of the final inferno portion of this composition. This adaption for concert band, through condensed from the original orchestral version to make it more suitable for band publication and performance, retains the essential elements of form and continuity to carry out the original intentions of the composer.

-Program Note from Full Score


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