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Cortège et Litanie

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Marcel Dupré

Marcel Dupré (arr. Keane Southard)

General Info

Year: 1924/2014
Original Medium: Piano
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Spindrift Pages
Cost: Score and Parts (PDF) - $80.00   |   Score Only (PDF) - $25.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
Eb Alto Sax I-II
Bb Tenor Sax
Eb Baritone Sax
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Trombone III (Bass)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • 2 Suspended Cymbals
  • Triangle
  • Tam-tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Cortège et Litanie by French composer Marcel Dupré was first composed in 1922 as incidental music for a play which was scored for an instrumental ensemble of eleven instruments. Dupré later made a version for piano solo, but the piece is now most well-known as a work for organ (the instrument on which Dupré was a virtuoso and wrote his most well-known pieces for.). I first heard this work while when I was learning organ as an undergraduate student. During a studio class, a fellow student played the piece and I immediately began to hear it orchestrated in my head. Even though I originally imagined strings for the opening (and later found out about another version that Dupré made for organ and orchestra which does just that,) in 2013 I realized how wonderfully this work could sound with a concert band instead and began to plan the creation of this arrangement.

-Program Note by Keane Southard

Commercial Discography

  • Northeastern State University Wind Ensemble (Norman Wika, conductor)


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


  • Northeastern State University (Oklahoma) Wind Ensemble (Norman Wika, conductor) - 19 November 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer