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Barcarolle (Erickson)

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Frank Erickson

Frank Erickson

General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


Full Score
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (or E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet)
B-flat Bass Clarinet (or B-flat Contrabass Clarinet)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The barcarolle was originally a boat song that was sung by Venetian gondoliers, characterized by the alternation of strong and light beats in 6/8 time. Barcarolles have been written by many composers including Donizetti, Chopin and Beethoven. The most well known is undoubtedly the one written by Jacques Offenbach to his opera The Tales of Hoffman. The highly expressive melody is first played by trumpets and is then interwoven with flutes, clarinets and other sections of the band.

Commissioned by the Hamilton, Ontario Massed Band Festival,

- Program Note adapted from publisher and score


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class C
  • Georgia: IV
  • Kansas: II
  • Louisiana: II
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: II. Complete
  • Virginia: III


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Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.