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Bernard de La Monnoye

Bernard de La Monnoye (arr. Tom Wallace)

General Info

Year: 1720 / 2001
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Arrangers Publishing Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Shaker
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The vibrant, familiar French carol is a favorite during the holidays. This treatment has a certain medieval quality of sound that offers a unique touch of color for your concert program. Of particular note are the effective percussion parts.

- Program Note from publisher

Patapan (or "Pat-a-pan") is a French Christmas carol in Burgundian dialect, later adapted into English. It was written by Bernard de La Monnoye (1641–1728) and first published in Noël bourguignons in 1720. Its original title is Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin (Willie, Bring Your Little Drum or Willie, Take Your Little Drum).

The carol revolves around the birth of Jesus Christ, and is told from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments -- flutes and drums -- the onomatopoeic sound of which gives the song its name; "patapan" is meant to mimic the sound of the drum, and an accompanying lyric, "tu-re-lu-re-lu," the flute. This is similar conceptually to the carol The Little Drummer Boy, with its chorus of "pa-rum-pa-pum-pum."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Patapan, Wikipedia Accessed 28 April 2020
  • Wallace, T. (2001) Patapan [full score]. Arrangers' Publishing Co.: [Nashville, Tn.]