Marche Militaire Française (arr Lake)

From Wind Repertory Project
Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Mayhew Lake)

Subtitle: From Suite Algérienne

General Info

Year: 1880 / 1913
Duration: c. 4:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

March Militaire Française is the finale movement of a four-movement symphonic poem, Suite Algérienne, Opus 60, that was inspired by Saint-Saëns’s trips to Algeria, then a French colony on the continent of Africa. Although no authentic Algerian music exists in this piece, Saint-Saëns used melodic tendencies of the native Algerian culture. The last movement, Marche Militaire Française, has become famous independently of the others both as an orchestral favorite and as a French concert march for the wind ensemble and concert band.

- Program Note by Owasso High School Wind Ensemble

The subtitle of Saint-Saëns' Algerian Suite is "Picturesque Impressions of a Voyage to Algiers". Of its four movements, three are decidedly oriental in coloring. The fourth, the Military March, is by contrast quite French; it was intended to emphasize the contrast found at Algiers between the native and the French settlements. In a note on the score the composer emphasized the fact that he not only felt joyful at seeing French soldiers, but he was conscious of the security he enjoyed under their protection.

- Program note by Everett Kisinger from Band Music Notes


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) - 20 August 2023
  • California State University Northridge Wind Ensemble (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) - Spring 2020
  • Cincinnati (Ohio) Youth Wind Ensemble – 29 April 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Larry D. Lang, conductor) – 12 February 2017
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 5 May 2015
  • USAF Band of the Golden West (Travis AFB, Calif.) - 18 October 2014 (at Cupertino, Calif.)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Saint-Saens, C.; Lake, M. (1913). Marche Militaire Francaise: Finale from Suite Algerian [score]. Fischer: New York.
  • Smith, Norman and Albert Stoutamire (1979). Band Music Notes. Rev. ed. San Diego: Kjos West, p. 199.
  • Suite algérienne. Wikipedia. Accessed 6 August 2023