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Petite Suite Gauloise

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Théodore Gouvy

Théodore Gouvy

This work bears the designation Opus 90.

General Info

Year: 1888
Duration: c. 13:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


1. Introduction et Minuet - 5:30
2. Aubade - 2:05
3. Ronde de nuit - 1:35
4. Tambourin - 2:10


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Petite Suite Gauloise for Wind Nonet by Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898) was composed in 1888 but was not published until after his death when the manuscript was found among his papers. Given that it was composed only three years after Gounod's Petite Symphonie for the same combination of instruments -- Gounod's Wind Nonet had been commissioned by Paul Taffanel, the founder of the famous wind ensemble, Societé à des Instruments à Vent -- one is left to wonder whether Taffenel has also approached Gouvy asking for a similiar work.

The Suite Gauloise consists of four short movements and movement titles reminiscent of the baroque suites. The suite begins with a slow, somber Introduction of followed by a more a rather determined sounding, dignified Menuet. The second movement, Aubade, is a soft, stately processional. The Ronde de nuit which follows with a horn signal call after which the dance of the night begins. At first a little spooky, it lightens to become a more sprightly affair. The finale, Tambourin, is upbeat, bright and playful.

- Program Note from Edition Silvertrust

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Texas at Arlington Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • Musica Senza Corde – 5 November 2016

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