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Fanfare Preceding the Ballet "La Péri"

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Paul Dukas

Paul Dukas (setting Patrick Dunnigan)

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General Info

Year: 1911 /
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Paul Dukas (1865-1935) was a composer who had little self-confidence and was very self-critical. As a result of this he destroyed the manuscripts of all but seven large and five small works. Luckily he kept what is now his best known composition, the symphonic scherzo L'apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice). He also came very close to destroying the manuscript of his ballet music La Peri (The Fairy). This was however rescued by his friends. Thus we can still enjoy this magnificent fanfare which was originally used as an opener for the ballet. This fabulous transcription for concert band will make a great opening item for any concert.

- Program Note from publisher

In 1912, as a means to give the typically noisy audiences of the day time to settle into their seats, Dukas wrote The Fanfare from La Perí as a last-minute addition, a prelude, for the premier performance of the ballet La Perí. This was the last of his works that he allowed to be published.

- Program Note by the Vista Ridge High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 19 December 2014


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Abilene (Tx.) Christian University Wind Ensemble (Steven Ward, conductor) - 9 April 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 10 November 2020
  • Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Eddie W. Airheart, conductor) - 5 November 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Dukas, P. (1927). Fanfare pour précéder "Le Perí" [score]. Durand et Cie: Paris.