Pas Redoublé

From Wind Repertory Project
Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (trans. Arthur Frackenpohl)

General Info

Year: 1887 / 1972
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano four-hands
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-alto Clarinet
B-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-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This quickstep concert march (op. 86) is reminiscent of the galops by Offenbach and other 19th century composers. Originally written for four-hand piano in 1887 and published in 1890, this transcription was made by Arthur Frackenpohl in 1972 and dedicated to Harry Phillips and the Crane Wind Ensemble at the State University at Potsdam, New York, where Frackenpohl became a member of the music faculty in 1949.

The tempo of a pas redoublé varies with the proficiency of the performer(s) as well as the wishes of the composer and the customs of that period. Saint-Saëns defended technical virtuosity, because it was for him, a least partially, a gift. During the mid-19th century military units in some nations were marching to a cadence of about 90 steps per minute for the slow march (pas ordinaire), 120 for the quick march (pas redoublé) and 160 to 180 for the double-quick march pas de charge. Frackenpohl recommends a tempo of 144 for this march.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Iowa: IV
  • Kansas: V
  • Minnesota: I


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band ( Kimberley Fleming, conductor) - 14 November 2023
  • Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL) Wind Symphony (Bryan A. Flippin, conductor) - 24 April 2023
  • Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Cory Near, conductor) - 11 April 2023
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Honor Concert Winds (LaToya Webb, conductor) - 22 January 2023
  • Racine (Wisc.) Concert Band (Mark Eichner, conductor) - 1 November 2022
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Wind Ensemble and Edwardsville High School Symphonic Band (Rubén Darío Gómez, conductor) - 1 March 2022
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony (Benjamin Kohl, conductor) - 24 February 2022
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matt Smith, conductor) - 12 October 2020
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Don L. Peterson, conductor) – 6 March 2020
  • University of California Berkeley Wind Ensemble I (Matthew Sadowski, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Symphonic Band (Juan Jose Navarro, conductor) – 27 February 2020
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Showcase Honor Band (Robert Meunier, conductor) – 22 February 2020
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Concert Band (Christopher Tkacik, conductor) – 17 February 2019
  • Northern Symphonic Winds (Potsdam, N.Y.) (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 15 February 2020
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Clinic Honor Band IV (Matthew Alosi, conductor) – 2 February 2020
  • Lakeview High School Wind Ensemble (Hilary Patriok, conductor) - 25 January 2020 (Severance Hall, Cleveland)
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Benjamin Rochford, conductor) – 14 October 2019
  • Humboldt State University (Arcata, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Paul Cummings, conductor) – 12 October 2019
  • Concordia University (River Forest, Ill.) University Band (Richard R. Fischer, conductor) – 27 September 2019
  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 15 September 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Saint-Saëns, C.; Frackenpohl, A. (1972). Pas Redoublé = (Double Quick Step): op. 86 [score]. Shawnee Press: Delaware Water Gap, Pa.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 512.