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Divertissement (Bernard)

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Émile Bernard

Émile Bernard (ed. Don Stewart)

This work bears the designation Opus 36.

General Info

Year: 1895 / 1998
Duration: c. 22:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Trillenium Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $45.00


1. Andante - Allegro – 7:10
2. Allegro Vivace – 4:34
3. Andante – 9:40


Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Great work for ten winds ... written for Taffanel's famous ensemble around 1900.

- Program Note from publisher.

The French term divertissement (divertimento in Italian) was frequently used in the 18th and 19th century to identify an instrumental composition written in a light vein and used primarily for entertainment. The title was often given to an enormous variety of music written for chamber ensembles consisting of three to eight or more players. Closely related types are the serenade, cassation, and nocturne. Over the years, the divertimento has evolved into many different styles and forms.

Emile Bernard’s Divertissement, for example, is an outstanding three-movement wind symphony in a late Romantic style. Bernard was not a prolific composer. However, his serious and reflective disposition is shown in almost all of his works, including the Divertissement. Composed around 1894 for wind dectet and first performed by the Parisian Société des Instruments a Vent, the Divertissement was played at least three times by the Longy Club of Boston between 1900 and 1905. A critic for the Boston Transcript wrote of the Club’s 1904 performance: “The work is so well written that the lack of strings does not make itself so clearly felt as usual.” (Quoted in The Longy Club, by David Whitwell, WINDS, 1988, p. 43.)

- Program Note by Robert J. Garofalo

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (Shanti Simon, conductor) - 23 April 2021
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble (Matthew Dutczak, conductor) - 11 December 2020
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (J. Eric Wilson, conductor) – 23 November 2020
  • Boston University (Mass.) Wind Ensemble (David Martins, conductor) – 18 April 2019
  • Gonzaga University (Spokane, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Spittal, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Kelvin Jones, conductor) – 20 April 2017
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 30 November 2016
  • University of North Texas Wind Symphony (Nipat Kanchanahud, conductor) – 30 April 2015
  • University of Southern California Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) – 6 April 2014
  • Interlochen Arts Academy (Chaz Sonoda,conductor) – April 2010

Works for Winds by This Composer