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Variations on a French Folk Song

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Franco Cesarini

Franco Cesarini

General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 7:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $166.00   |   Score Only (print) - $33.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Congas (optional Tom-toms)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The variation form is one of the oldest and most fundamental forms of musical technique. Franco Cesarini has chosen the well known French folk melody Sur le pont d'Avignon as the basis for this piece. The piece begins with a short introduction followed by the exposition and ten lively and contrasting variations. The final reminder of the main theme also included references to the famous French nursery songs J'ai du bon tabac and Alouette, which bring the work to an expressive and brilliant close.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the Music Information Centre department of Biblioservice Gelderland in Arhem (the Netherlands) in cooperation with the "Schweizer Blasmusikverband" in Aarau (Swtzerland).

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Oklahoma: III-A


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Cesarini, F. (2000). Variations on a French Folk Song "Sur le pont d'avignon" [score]. Mitropa Music: Hagendorn, Swit.
  • Perusal score