Fête Galante

From Wind Repertory Project
Joseph Horovitz

Joseph Horovitz

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 12:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G & M Brand
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $110.00


1. Pavane – 6:30
2. Menuet – 1:50
3. Bourrée des Masques – 4:10


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum (very shallow; or Tambourine)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells (extended low range required (low B-flat3))


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fête Galante was the term used to describe the most popular paintings of Watteau, the French artist of the early eighteenth century.

In his idealized landscapes, figures in fancy dress embark on a voyage to an enchanted island; lovers pass each other in courtly dances and meet again in moonlit masquerades. It is a dream-world, but one suffused with true emotion, a romantic yearning for an unattainable Arcadia.

This pastoral fantasy inspired the composer to write a work in three movements based on dance forms. Pavane has one main extended melody, which recurs several times with increasing elaboration. In contrast, Menuet is a very short linking section played by the principal soloists, resulting in a chamber music texture. The final Bourrée des Masques is a fast march-rondo featuring fanfare motifs, punctuated by syncopated percussion accents.

Fête Galante was commissioned by the Royal Tournament and premiered at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) International Conference on 20 July 1991 at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, conducted by Lt. Colonel Frank Renton.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

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