Le gay Paris

From Wind Repertory Project
Jean Françaix

Jean Françaix

General Info

Year: 1974 / 1984
Duration: c. 10:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schott
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €47.50   |   Score Only (print) - €21.50


1. Marche - 5:30
2. Waltz – 2:05
3. Galop – 2:45


Full Score
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Solo B-flat or C Trumpet
Horn in F I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Gay Paris, spelled in reference to the old French, is akin to a vision of Paris belle époque, inhabited by good moods and joie de vivre, that foreign visitors could have. For the composer, it’s "Paris in terms of the Folies-Bergère, not the Sainte-Chapelle. It is Toulouse Lautrec, and not Charles Peguy." Anticipating future criticism, Françaix adds, "You cannot always be serious, and, as Rabelais says, laughter is the nature of man."

Composed in 1975 and instantly created by Klaus Schöll’s Wind Ensemble who commissioned it, this work features a trumpet soloist, reminiscent of Saint-Saëns’ Septet, surrounded by a wind nonet. This original formation is increased by a contrabassoon part that adds to the richness of its tone, and sounds like a small orchestra of soloists

- Program Note from liner notes for Sens CD Jean Françaix


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Carmel) (Charles Conrad, conductor; Brian Hoover, trumpet) - 16 October 2021
  • OBOG Chamber Winds (Singapore) (Chong Loo Kit, trumpet) – 23 January 2016
  • Wind Ensemble Mainz (Klaus Rainer Schöll, conductor; Carole Dawn Reinhart, trumpet) - 27 April 1975 *Premiere Performance*

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