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Le Bananier

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composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (arr. Steven Paxton)

Subtitle: The Banana Tree

This work bears the designation Op. 5.

General Info

Year: 1846 / 2016
Duration: 3:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Creative Spirit Music Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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
Percussion (2 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle (2: small, large)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on a Creole folk song En avan’ Grenadie (“On Grenadiers!”) that was sung by Louisiana Creoles during the Battle of New Orleans (1814), Le Bananier became massively popular with the Parisian audiences who came to hear the young Louis Moreau Gottschalk in his solo piano recitals. The title means “The Banana Tree,” and the piece is full of African-Caribbean influence, all above a musette-like accompaniment.

- Program Note by arranger


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State Ratings

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