Sept Danses

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Jean Françaix

Jean Françaix

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The title translates from the French as Seven Dances.

General Info

Year: 1971 / 1972
Duration: c. 12:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Schott Music GmbH
Cost: Parts Only (print) - €47.50; (digital) - €36.99   |   Score Only (print) - €38.50; (digital) - €29.99

Movements (some played without pause)

1. Le jeu de la poupée
2. Funérailles de la poupée
3. La présentation des petits amis
4. Variation de Paul
5. Pas de deux entre Sophie et Paul
6. La goûter
7. Danse des filets à papillons


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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In 1935 Françaix wrote a 30-minute ballet scored for symphony orchestra based on the children’s book Les Malheurs de Sophie, by the 19th-century Russian author Comtesse de Segur. The story of Sophie takes place in a French castle, where she manages to get into one mischievous scrape after another, much to the consternation of her mother. Later, in 1971, Francaix gathered seven movements from the ballet to form a suite, Sept Danses, scored for ten winds.

- Program Note from University of Georgia Hodgson Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 November 2022


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Andrea Brown, conductor) - 13 October 2023
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Anthony Morris, conductor) - 17 November 2022
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Chamber Winds (Jeff Osarczuk, conductor) - 4 March 2021
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) - 26 February 2021
  • The Atlanta Wind Project (Georgia) (Michael A. Lewis, conductor) – 20 November 2020
  • University of Denver (Colo.) Lamont Wind Ensemble (Joseph Martin, conductor) – 12 October 2020
  • New Orleans (La.) Chamber Players (Joel Bein, conductor) – 24 January 2020
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Jason Silveira, conductor) – 23 November 2019
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Winds (Kelvin Jones, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Winds (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 31 October 2019
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Andrea Brown, conductor) – 7 February 2018
  • University of Southern California Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) – 27 October 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Francaix, J. (1972). Sept danses : d'après le ballet Les malheurs de Sophie : pour 10 instruments à vent [score]. Schott's Söhne: Mainz.