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La Procession du Rocio (tr Reed)

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Joaquin Turina

Joaquin Turina (trans. Alfred Reed)

This work bears the designation Opus 9.

General Info

Year: 1913 / 1962 / 2013
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00  |   Score Only - $10.00

Movements (played without pause)

1. Triana en Fête - 4:07
2. La Procession - 4:33


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
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

La Procession du Rocio was given its premiere in Madrid in 1913. Every year in Seville, during the month of June, there takes place in a section of the city known as Triana, a festival called the Procession of the Dew in which the best families participate. They make their entry in their coaches following an image of the Virgin Mary on a golden cart drawn by oxen and accompanying by music. The people dance the soleare and the seguidilla. A drunkard sets off firecrackers, adding to the confusion. At the sound of the flutes and drums, which announce the procession, all dancing ceases. A religious theme is heard and breaks forth mingling with the pealing of the church bells and the strains of the royal march. The procession passes and as it recedes, the festivities resume, but at length they fade away.

Composer Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) was a native of Spain, but was influenced early in his career by the impressionistic harmonies of Debussy and Ravel while studying in Paris. Upon returning to Spain, he drew inspiration from Spanish folk music with La Procession du Rocio becoming one of his best-known works. The music portrays a festival and procession that takes place in the Triana neighborhood of Seville, and is filled with wonderful idiomatic Spanish musical elements. Alfred Reed’s marvelous transcription created in 1962 remains an enduring staple in the repertoire for wind bands.

- Program Note from VanderCook Symphonic Band concert program, 21 December 2012

La Procession du Rocio, op. 9 (1912), “the procession of the dew,” was the work that catapulted Joaquin Turina to success. Its debut performance in Madrid in 1913 was received so well that he decided to return to Spain, where he rose to the top of the Spanish musical world, eventually becoming Professor of Composition at the Madrid Royal Conservatory.

La Procession is divided into two distinct sections. It opens with a depiction of the celebration honoring the Virgin Maria in Triana (a colorful neighborhood in Seville), which features stylized gypsy dances and a general mood of festivity. This leads, without break, into the procession itself. Here the character of the music changes. As the procession moves slowly through the streets, the sound of bells, the tap of drums and strains of church music reflect the solemnity of its religious origin. Finally, the music grows to a brilliant climax, including themes derived from the opening fanfare, along with a brief quotation from the Spanish national anthem.

- Program Notes by Immaculata Symphony

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: V
  • California: VI Class AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Iowa: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Minnesota: Category 1
  • Ohio: OMEA AA
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Ryan Kelly, conductor) – 26 February 2020
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 13 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 7 February 2020
  • James Clemens High School (Madison, Ala.) Wind Ensemble (Keith Anderson, conductor) – 1 February 2020
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Roy Stehle, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Barry Kraus, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) Wind Symphony (Tamey Anglley, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • University of Nevada Reno Wind Ensemble (Reed Chamberlin, conductor) – 23 October 2019
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Wind Ensemble (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 22 October 2019
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Chamber Winds (Jeremy Harmon, conductor) – 16 October 2019
  • Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Corey Seapy, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • Missouri State University (Springfield) Wind Ensemble (John Zastoupil, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 24 September 2019
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Symphony Band (Kevin Gray Richardson, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • University of Evansville (Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Steinsultz, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 28 March 2019
  • Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Michael Colburn, conductor) – 23 February 2019
  • CBDNA Small Band Programs Intercollegiate Band (Tempe, Ariz.) (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 23 February 2019 (CBDNA 2019 National Conference, Tempe, Ariz.)
  • Texas All-State Symphonic Band (Steven Davis, conductor) – 16 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 29 November 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Turina, J.; Reed, A. (1962). La Procession du Rocio [op. 9] for Symphonic Band. Transcribed for Band [score]. Editions Salabert: New York.