Sur les bords du Nil

From Wind Repertory Project
Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (ed. Felix Hauswirth)

Subtitle: Marche Militaire

This work bears the designation Opus 125.

General Info

Year: 1908 / 2019
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Robert Martin Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $210.00   |   Score Only (print) - $44.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) composed the march Sur les bord du Nil in January 1908 during his stay in Egypt. Saint-Saëns was honored by Abbas Hilmi Pasha II. (1874-1944), the last Khedive (governor) of the Ottoman province of Egypt, for his services to this country. In gratitude he dedicated the present composition to him.

Although Saint-Saëns speaks of a march for military music, it is more likely that the work was premiered in February 1908 on the occasion of the Governor's Ball in the version for piano for four hands composed and arranged by Saint-Saëns himself.

The first guaranteed performance of the version for wind orchestra dates from 26 June 1909 at the Elysée Palace in Paris. Gabriel Parès conducted the Garde Républicaine in his adaptation of this composition from January 1909.

- Program Note from Midwest Sheet Music


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