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Dolly Op 56

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Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Fauré (arr. Matsushiro)

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General Info

Year: 1894-1897 /
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


1. I Berceuse – 2:45
2. II Mi-a-ou – 1:40
3. VI Le Pas Espagnol – 2:10


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Dolly Suite, Op. 56, is a collection of pieces for piano four-hands by Gabriel Fauré. The only piano duet in Fauré's oeuvre was written between 1894 and 1897. Its six pieces take a total of fifteen minutes to perform. Teruaki Matsushiro took melodies from a song collection of undeniable sweetness and arranged them for wind band.

Fauré wrote the pieces in honor of Hélène, nicknamed Dolly, who was the daughter of his mistress at the time, the singer Emma Bardac. The Berceuse was composed for Hélène's first birthday, and the remaining pieces also appeared in time for the child's subsequent birthdays and other family occasions.

- Program Note from publisher

Berceuse. Allegretto moderato. The Berceuse, marking Dolly's first birthday, was a very early piece, composed in 1864 for Suzanne Garnier, the daughter of a family friend. In 1893 Fauré made some small amendments and changed its title from La Chanson dans le jardin to Berceuse – that is, a cradle song.

Mi-a-ou. Allegro vivo. Mi-a-ou was written for Dolly's second birthday in June 1894. The title does not refer to a pet cat, as has often been supposed, but to Dolly's attempts to pronounce the name of her elder brother Raoul, who later became one of Fauré's favourite pupils. The young Dolly called her brother Messieu Aoul, which Fauré took as the original title for the piece. In his finished manuscript the title is shortened to "Miaou" (without hyphens).[6] The Fauré scholar Robert Orledge writes that the title Mi-a-ou, like that of the "Kitty-valse" later in the suite, is the responsibility of Fauré's publisher, Hamelle.

Le pas espagnol. Allegro. The suite ends with a Spanish dance, a lively and picturesque piece of scene-painting, in the style of España by Fauré's friend Emmanuel Chabrier.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: VI
  • Tennessee: VI


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  • Kings Park Concert Band (Springfield, Va.) (Rich Bergman, conductor)– 1 April 2017

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