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Military Symphony in F

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François-Joseph Gossec

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

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General Info

Year: 1793/ 1950
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Tenor I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


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
  • Virginia: IV


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • 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.