Le Cid

From Wind Repertory Project
Jules Massenet

Jules Massenet (trans. Verne Reynolds)

Subtitle: Ballet Music for Band

General Info

Year: 1885 / 1985
Duration: c. 18:40
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wimbledon Music, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


1. Castillane – 2:50
2. Andalouse – 2:20
3. Aragonaise – 1:35
4. Aubade – 1:10
5. Catalane – 2:50
6. Madrilene – 4:15
7. Navarraise – 3:00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II-III (III doubling English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp (or Piano)
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Le Cid is an opera in four acts and ten tableaux by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Louis Gallet, Édouard Blau and Adolphe d'Ennery. It is based on the play of the same name by Pierre Corneille. It was first performed by a star-studded cast at the Paris Opéra on 30 November 1885.

The opera had been seen 150 times by 1919 but faded from the repertory and was not performed again in Paris until the 2015 revival at the Palais Garnier. While the opera itself is not in the standard operatic repertory, the ballet suite is a popular concert and recording piece which includes dances from different regions of Spain.

Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (c. 1040 – 1099), better known as El Cid, or simply Rodrigo, was a Castilian nobleman and military leader in medieval Spain. Born a member of the minor nobility, El Cid was brought up at the court of King Ferdinand the Great and served Ferdinand's son, Sancho II of León and Castile. He rose to become the commander and royal standard-bearer of Castile upon Sancho's ascension in 1065. Rodrigo went on to lead the Castilian military campaigns against Sancho's brothers, Alfonso VI of León and García II of Galicia, as well as in the Muslim kingdoms in Al-Andalus. He became renowned for his military prowess in these campaigns, which helped expand Castilian territory at the expense of the Muslims and Sancho's brothers' kingdoms.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

The transcription for winds was prepared by Verne Reynolds, former professor of horn at the Eastman School of Music, and an internationally respected composer. Reynolds scored the music sparingly for an intimate ensemble of winds and percussion, thereby matching the clarity and delicacy inherent in Massenet’s original orchestral setting.

- Program Note from University of George Hodgson Wind Ensemble concert program, 24 October 2019


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: VI
  • Michigan: AA
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond) Wind Ensemble (Andrew J. Putnam, conductor) - 21 November 2021
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Richardson, Tx.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • University of Northern Colorado (Greeley) Wind Ensemble (Wesley J. Broadnax, conductor) – 13 February 2020
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 24 October 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 17 October 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 9 March 2018
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Craig Kirchhoff, conductor) – 24 February 2017

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