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Marche Militaire Française (arr Lake)

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Lake)


Subtitle: From Suite Algérienne


General Info

Year: 1879 / 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.


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Eb Horn or Alto F I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Drums
Tympani
Bells

(Percussion instrumentation undifferentiated in score)


Errata

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


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • 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


References

  • 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.