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Très Moutarde (Too Much Mustard)

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Cecil Macklin

Cecil Macklin (arr. Contorno)

General Info

Year:1911/ 2012
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J.W. Pepper
Cost: Score and Parts - $76.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

To the Wisconsin Lutheran College Band (Milwaukee, Wi.), Prof. Terry S. Treuden, conductor.

- Program Note by score

This lively tune was all the rage in 1911, popular on both sides of the Atlantic, recorded many times and featured by the dancing duo Vernon and Irene Castle. This high-stepping quickstep will bring smiles to your audience.

- Program Note by Daehn Music

Written in 1911, Très Moutarde was Cecil Macklin's most successful composition. In its original form this one or two step was not syncopated; rather, it was essentially a march. However, once picked up by ragtime bands, its elaborated version was even more successful, both in England and the United States. African American bandleader James Reese Europe used it for the famed dancing duo of Vernon and Irene Castle, further promoting its popularity. It is significant that Europe's bands were not combos but large ensembles of symphonic proportions. It led to a recording of the work for Victor in 1913. It has been performed in many versions, including piano solo, dance band and even solo banjo. It became such a hit that Lincoln Beachey, a famous African American aviator and barnstormer during the early twentieth century, hired bands to perform Très Moutarde as he performed death defying stunts for awestruck onlookers.

- Program Note by the Louisville Concert Band concert program, 19 December 2013


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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