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Donkey Serenade

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Rudolf Friml

Rudolf Friml (arr. Stothart and Briegel)

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Subtitle: Featured in The Firefly

General Info

Year: 1937
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Firefly is a 1937 musical film starring Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones. The film is an adaptation of the operetta of the same name by composer Rudolf Friml and librettist Otto A. Harbach that premiered on Broadway in 1912. The film used nearly all of the music from the operetta but jettisoned the plot in favor of a new storyline set in Spain during the time of the Emperor Napoleon I. It added a new song, The Donkey Serenade (a reworking by Herbert Stothart of Friml's 1918 orchestral piece Chanson), which became extremely popular, as was one of the Friml songs, Giannina Mia.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Cary (N.C.) Town Band (Stuart Holoman, conductor) – 4 July 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Firefly (film), Wikipedia Accessed 30 June 2017
  • Friml, R.; Stothart, H.; Briegel, G. (1937). The Donkey Serenade : Featured in The Firefly [score]. G. Schirmer: [s.l.].