Les Preludes (arr Hindsley)

From Wind Repertory Project
Jules Massenet

Jules Massenet (trans.Mark Hindsley)

General Info

Year: c. 1848 / 197-?
Duration: c. 14:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00   |   Score Only (print) - $32.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Franz Liszt’s inspiration for Les Preludes came from the poetry of Alphonse Lamartine (1790-1869), an aristocratic French author and diplomat. When Liszt read the lines, “What is life? Only a series of preludes to that unknown song whose first solemn note is tolled by death,” he had the title for his most famous symphonic poem. Liszt’s composition approximates the succession of images in Lamartine’s poem -- the mysterious opening, the crescendo to the first transformation of the theme, the tranquil version of the opening phrase, another crescendo to “the tragic storm that cuts short the illusions of youth,” a calm interlude, and the final triumphal sounds that signal that “the soul has proved itself in battle” -- the music sums up the temper of the mid-19th century in a manner no historian can equal.

- Notes from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Arkansas: V
  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 382.