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Carnival of the Insects

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Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G and M Brand - British Music Publishers
Cost: Score & Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $12.50


Full Score
Flute I-II
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cabasa
  • Claves
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Carnival of the Insects was commissioned by the National School Band Association and was first performed at the Scottish Festival organized by NBSA and Brian Duguid of West Lothian Arts on 12 May 2001.

The music letters SBA were used to form the basis of the melodies to personalise the piece for the Association (S can be Eb, B can be Bb using European note names).

The Carnival of the Insects is inspired by Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals and derives a lot of the rhythmic structures from it.

Mvmt I - March of the Ant - The Thin Black Line The composer was reminded of a French holiday when a line of ants would march every night from the gate of the house, past the pool and up into the garden.

Mvmt II - Crickets and Stick Insects Here the composer rememebered balmy Mediterranean nights and the sound of crickets. An interesting effect is to have small groups of players around the performance venue randomly tapping small sticks throughout the movement.

Mvmt III - Insectivores There are the creatures which eat insects and the music has a dramatic scary feel to it with a chase in the middle.

Mvmt IV - Metamorphosis This is where the caterpillar changes into a butterfly. The Euphonium melody will strike the listener as being very similar to "The Elephant" in Carnival of the Animals.

Mvmt V - The Bug Parade this is a grand finale where we can imagine many of the insects in a Disney like parade.

Program Note by Bruce Fraser


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


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