Night in the Tropics

From Wind Repertory Project
Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (arr. Mark Williams)

General Info

Year: 1859 / 2001
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony and band
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7 .00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Claves
  • Congas
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Grab your suitcase and get ready to spend a night in the tropics! Composed in Guadeloupe in 1859, it was written to be performed by combined symphony orchestra and large band, with improvisational parts for many local percussionists. This arrangement of the second movement is based on original manuscripts found in the New York Public Library.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Joel Flunker, conductor) - 1 October 2023
  • Peninsula Concert Band (Newport News, Va.) (Ronnie Tong, conductor) - 29 May 2023
  • Cape Cod (Hyannis, Mass.) Concert Band (Tom Borning, conductor) - 10 December 2022
  • Melbourne (Aus.) Rainbow Band (Greg Peterson, conductor) – 4 October 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Gottschalk, L.; Williams, M. (2001). Night in the Tropics [score]. Alfred Pub.: Van Nuys, Calif.
  • Perusal score