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Suite persane

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André Caplet

André Caplet (ed. Clark McAlister)

General Info

Year: c. 1900 / 2000
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Master Music Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $27.50


1. Sharki
2. Mihawend
3. Iskia Samaisi – 9:35


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

Caplet usually manages to spring surprises and in the field of his wind writing things are no different. It seems strange that Suite persane, though written in 1901, should have had to wait until 1988 for its publication; strange but hardly unique. There is, in parts of this work, a really striking ‘oriental modality’ - the booklet writer’s apposite and concise phrase - that compels rapt attention.

Written for a dixtet - 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons and 2 horns - the work is performed from time to time, but far more often, inevitably, in Francophone countries. This is a real loss for everyone else as the solemn intensity of the first of the three movements is affecting, and Caplet’s beautifully mellifluous writing in the central movement is richly harmonised. The incident where the horn line is subject to the decorative curl of supporting winds is highly distinctive. And the flute theme in E minor is the same one Granville Bantock took for his Omar Khayyam. Extrovert colour and plenty of incident, propelled by a vivacious rhythmic drive, animates the finale. This beautiful piece deserves listeners.

- Program Note from liner notes for Timpani CD ANDRÉ CAPLET: Les Œuvres pour vents

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Gustavus Adolphus College (Saint Peter, Minn.) Chamber Winds (Karrin Meffert-Nelson, conductor) – 11 November 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Cassandra Bechard, conductor) – 8 November 2018
  • Ensemble Excentrique (Alberto Gaeta, conductor) – 12 May 2015

Works for Winds by this Composer