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Tableaux de Provence

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Paule Maurice

Paule Maurice (trans. Maarten Jense)

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Subtitle: Suite for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

General Info

Year: c. 1950 / 2007
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Saxophone and orchestra
Publisher: Baton Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $188.95


1. Farandole des jeunes filles (Farandole of the young girls)
2. Chanson pour ma mie (Song for my love)
3. La bohémienne (The Bohemian woman, or The Gypsy)
4. Des alyscamps l'âme soupire (A Sigh on the soul for the Alyscamps)
5. Le cabridan (The Bumblebee)


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Solo Alto Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II
String Bass

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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Tableaux de Provence (Pictures of Provence) is a programmatic suite composed by Paule Maurice (Sept. 29, 1910 – August 18, 1967) between 1948 and 1955 for alto saxophone and orchestra, most often performed with piano accompaniment only. The work was dedicated to French saxophone virtuoso Marcel Mule.

The movements describe the culture and scenery of Provence, southeast France, where the Mules, Paule Maurice and her husband, composer Pierre Lantier, spent vacation time together. Tableaux de Provence was first recorded by Marcel Mule in 1957 on the Selmer release Marcel Mule, with Solange Robin on piano. It was premiered on December 9, 1958, by Jean-Marie Londeix with the Orchestre Symphonique Brestois.

- Program Note by Wikipedia

The "Tableaux" is a series of musical pictures from the area known as Provence in the southeast corner of France bordering the Mediterranean. Ms. Maurice explains each of the five sections: in the first movement, the Farandoulo di Chatouno (Dance of the Young Girls), is the joyous sound of young girls in France dancing to the provenceal dance, known as the farandoll; the second movement Cansoun Per Ma Mio (Song for My Love), is a serenade whose accompaniment sounds the open strings of the guitar at the beginning of the piece. La Boumiano (The Bohemian Women or The Gypsy), is a rhythmic soliloquy of the people of mige [sic]. In Dis Alyscamps I'amo Souspire (A Sigh on the Souls for the Alyscamps) are the laments of friends that hover over the cemetery at Alyscamps expressing sadness. Finally Lou Cabridan; Cabridan is described as a great, flying creature, turning and bustling through the provence. He takes a moment to poise on the flowers, then, watching his chance, flees his narrow valley.

The contrasting movements of this work are full of animation and charm. This piece is considered one of Maurice's finest.

- Program Note by Lori Rosenbauer Huff


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State Ratings

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  • University of California (Berkeley) University Wind Ensemble (Matthew Sadowski, conductor) - 2 December 2022
  • Florida International University (Miami) Symphonic Band (Barry Bernhardt, conductor) – 15 November 2018
  • California State University, Los Angeles Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 15 March 2018

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