French Impressions

From Wind Repertory Project
Guy Woolfenden

Guy Woolfenden

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ariel Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $160.00   |   Score Only - $35.00


1. Parade
2. Can-Can


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet 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 Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Side Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work is inspired by four paintings by the French painter Georges Seurat, but does not attempt to recreate his pointillist technique in musical terms. The first movement, Parade, contrasts the strange gas-lit world of "La Parade de Cirque: Invitation to the Sideshow," which features a sinister-looking trombone player and his ghostly acolytes, with the cool detached stance of that great masterpiece "A Bathing Place: Asnières." The second movement, Can Can, recreates the world of two other paintings: "Le Cirque" and "Le Chahut," which depicts a curiously stylised Can Can in full swing, accompanied by a pit orchestra. The phrase “faire du chahut” means to make a racket!

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Symphony Band (Scott Corley, conductor) - 18 November 2023
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 28 October 2022
  • California State University Bakersfield Concert Band (Leo Sakamoto, conductor) – 23 November 2019
  • University of California (Berkeley) Wind Ensemble II (Matthew Sadowski, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (David Rackley, conductor) – 23 March 2019
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass). (Louis J. Buckley, conductor) – 4 November 2018
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) - 15 July 2018
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Duane Carroll, conductor) - 8 March 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 644-655.
  • Woolfenden, G. (1998). French Impressions: For Concert Band [score]. Ariel Music: Banbury, England.