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Military Symphony in F

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François-Joseph Gossec

François-Joseph Gossec (ed. Richard Franko Goldman and Leist)

General Info

Year: 1793/ 1950
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


1. Allegro Maestoso - 4:20
2. Larghetto - 2:05
3. Allegro - 1:55


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-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
Cornets I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Tenor I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gossec’s Symphonie Militaire was written in 1793-94 during the French Revolution for the Band of the National Guard. Writing in the Journal of Band Research (Vol. 6, No. 1), David Swanzy proposes that this work has a fourth movement for choir and band, thus predating Beethoven’s choral symphony by a full 30 years. He indicates that “perhaps Gossec should be given credit as the ‘father’ of the choral symphony." The first movement of this symphony is spirited and majestic and is written in the key of F, a common key for the period because of the preponderance of brass instruments built in F and restricted to upper partial tones. The second movement is a short, melodic pastorale in a slow 6/8 meter. The third movement is fast and exciting even though the tonality of C major may seem a bit inconclusive.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: V
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • North Carolina: V
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew J. Smith, conductor) - 11 March 2021
  • University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony (Michael Lee, conductor) - 19 February 2019
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Wind Ensemble (Paul Bambach, conductor) – 29 November 2018
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (James Chesebrough, conductor) - 12 March 2015
  • California State University, Long Beach, Wind Symphony (John Carnahan, conductor) - 2012

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, page 113. Print.
  • Gossec, F.; Leist, R.; Goldman, R. (1950). Military Symphony in F [score]. Mercury Music Corp.: Bryn Mawr, Penn.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 336-343.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 241.