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March and Cortege of Bacchus

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Léo Delibes

Léo Delibes (arr. Joseph Kreines)

Subtitle: From Sylvia

General Info

Year: 1878 / 2005
Duration: 5:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $11.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Leo Delibes composed his ballet Sylvia in 1876. It achieved considerable popularity, and several of the individual umbers were grouped into a suite, which orchestras all over the world have played.

The March and Cortege of Bacchus appears in Act III of the ballet, describing the arrival of Bacchus (the god of wine and celebration) and his followers. The music is martial, lyric, grand and brilliant, building to an exciting conclusion.

- Program Note from score

This march is taken from Act Two of Delibes' ballet Sylvia -- La nymphe de Diane, composed in 1876. Brass flourishes amid a pompous atmosphere characterize the first section, which, in the ballet, the satyrs (mythological deities with long pointed ears and short horns) enter with their javelins. Next, the maidens enter, bringing a goat for sacrifice, followed by additional satyrs. As indicated in the music, the revelry begins with the quickening of the tempo, after which a slow-moving melody suggests the arrival of the wine-drinking god followed by a continuation of the pranks of the frenzied company.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Delibes’ ballet Sylvia was first produced at the Paris Opera in 1876. The plot tells of Sylvia, a beautiful huntress who is captured and abducted by Orion, the huntsman. Amyntas, who is in love with her, pursues her and her captor to a wooded area on the sea coast. At this point a festival to Bacchus is held. This is the point in the ballet where the March and Procession of Bacchus is performed. A ship approaches. Erose, disguised as a pirate, and several veiled slave women disembark. One of the slaves dances for Amynas. She then lifts her veil to reveal that she is Sylvia.

When it was first performed, Sylvia was a triumph. It, along with his earlier ballet Coppelia, permanently established Delibes as the foremost French composer of ballet music.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

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State Ratings

  • Florida: V


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