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Danse Bacchanale (arr Bocook)

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (arr. Jay Bocook)

Subtitle: From Samson and Delilah

General Info

Year: 1877 / 2004
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Samson and Delilah, Op. 47, is a grand opera in three acts and four scenes by Camille Saint-Saëns to a French libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire. It was first performed in Weimar at the Grossherzogliches on 2 December 1877 in a German translation.

The opera is based on the Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah found in Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges in the Old Testament. The Danse Bacchanale is performed in the third act of the opera by the priests of Dagon as the Philistines led by Delilah are preparing a sacrifice to commemorate their victory over Samson and the Hebrews.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • South Carolina: IV


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  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) University Symphonic Band (David Plack, conductor) - 11 October 2021
  • Kansas City (Prairie Village) Wind Symphony (Langston Hemenway, conductor) – 8 March 2020
  • Stuart (Fla.) Community Concert Band (Jim LeBon, conductor) - 10 February 2019
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor) – 21 May 2017
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Kevin Gray Richardson, conductor) – 23 February 2017
  • Houston (Tex.) Pride Band (Jason Stephens and Deborah Hirsch, conductors) – 15 October 2016
  • Cedarville (Ohio) University Symphonic Band – 7 November 2014

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