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La Boutique Fantasque (arr Godfrey)

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Gioacchino Rossini

Gioacchino Rossini (arr. Ottorino Respighi; arr. Godfrey; additional parts Erik Leidzén)

The title translates as "The Fantastic Toy Shop."

General Info

Year: 1922
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chapell & Co.
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion area.


1. Danse Cosaque
2. Nocturne
3. Mazurka
4. Tarantella
5. Can Can
6. Galop


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Saxophone or Alto Clarinet
B-flat Tenor Saxophone or Bass Clarinet
Cornets I-II
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The music of this delightful work was amongst the unpublished MSS [manuscripts] of Rossini. The number had been written for piano, and perhaps put aside by the composer, or, more probably, rejected by the publishers of his period. They were discovered lately and adapted by one of the most advanced of the Italian "Moderns," Otto Respighi, for the use of the Russian ballet in whose repertoire the music has been made an outstanding success. The vitality of these unconventional numbers is most striking; the harmony progressions and the audacious rhythms might easily be accepted as the work of a contemporary writer.

The scene of the ballet is a doll shop in which the customers are caricatures of tourist types. After the closing of the store the dolls wake to a fantastic activity and enact the following dances: Danse Cosaque, Nocturne, Allego non troppo, Mazurka, Tarantelle, Valse Lente, Can Can, Andantino, Galop.

-Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • South Carolina: V


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Rossini, G.; Respighi, O; Godfrey, D.; Leidzen, E. [1922] Selection, La Boutique Fantasque = (The Fantastic Toy Shop) [score]. [Chappell]: [New York].