Marche from the Opera "Love for Three Oranges" (arr Erickson)

From Wind Repertory Project
Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev (arr. Frank Erickson)

General Info

Year: 1921 / 1992
Duration: c. 1:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $68.00; (digital) - $68.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Although the opera Love for Three Oranges is rarely performed, the Marche from it has become quite popular and was used as theme music from the radio serial The FBI in Peace and War.

The story of the opera involves a crown prince who is seriously ill, and the only cure the doctors can suggest is laughter. The comical efforts of a sorceress to invade the palace is the source of laughter that cures the prince. Through her powers, the sorceress succeeds in having the prince fall in love with three oranges. The prince goes in search of his loves. In two of the oranges lie dead princesses, but in the third, the princess is alive but unconscious. She is revived at the end of the opera when cold water is poured upon her.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Minnesota: II
  • Virginia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • VCU-Health Wind Ensemble (Richmond, Va.) (Brian Coffill, conductor) – 6 October 2023
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Emily Exline, conductor) - 20 April 2023
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 6 December 2018
  • Mid America Freedom Band (Kansas City, Mo.) (Lee Hartman, conductor) – 20 October 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 1 November 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Prokofiev, S.; Erickson, F. (1992). Marche : from "The Love of Three Oranges" [score]. Alfred Publishing: Van Nuys, Calif.