The title translates from the French as The Butterflies.
1. Petit Blanc du Chou – 1:18
2. Le Belle Dame – 2:28
3. Paon de Nuit – 1:42
4. Le Satyre – 1:25
5. Le Grand Porte-Queue – 2:21
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Temple Blocks
- Wood Block
None discovered thus far.
The suite Les Papillons (butterflies), written by the Dutch female composer/pianist Coby Lankester, was originally for solo piano and served to accompany ballets. It was recently orchestrated for wind band by Johan de Meij, a well-known Dutch composer and arranger.
The four movements of this suite have been given names describing a few colorful members of the butterfly family, thus providing the setting for this subtle and delicate impressionistic work. In the first movement, it is the "Small White" (Petit Blanc du Chou) that hovers over the flowers and shrubs in her gay and carefree manner, warmed by a pale springtime sun. The second movement breathes the quiet and gracious charm of the "Peacock Butterfly" ("Paon de Nuit); the warm orchestral texture depicts the splendid colors of her frail wings. The third movement brings about a contrasting effect compared to the second: solo for trumpet and clarinet supported by playful dissonance and solid accompaniment. Figurations serve to draw the attention to the capricious way in which the "Wall Butterfly" (Le Satyre) flies from one flower to the other. And finally in the last movement, there is the "Swallow Tail" (Le Grand Porte-Quene) showing off her hot-blooded temper. Her fierce rhythmical dance is alternated by a sultry Habanera which leads to a sparkling finale.
- Program Note by William V. Johnson for the Cuesta Wind Ensemble concert program, 8 May 1993
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 12 May 2017
- Harmonie Schiltigheim (France) (Philippe Hechler, conductor) – 15 January 2012
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Ballet Dreams (arr. Peeters) (1992)
- Big City and Country Side
- Les Papillons (arr. Meij) (1985)
- Voyages (arr. Peeters)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Coby Lancaster." Accessed 13 May 2017
- Lankester, C.; Meij, J. (1987). Les Papillons : Suite de Ballet : For Band [score]. Molenaar: Wormerveer, Holland.
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