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Peter Patapan

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Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $18.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A combination of Tchaikovsky’s Arabian Dance from The Nutcracker Suite and the traditional "Patapan," this arrangement starts fairly tamely and ends in a festive Russian dance style. "Patapan" (or "Pat-a-pan") is a French Christmas carol composed by Bernard de La Monnoye and was first published in 1720. Revolving around the birth of Jesus Christ, the carol’s lyrics are from the perspective of shepherds playing simple flutes and drums.

An interesting fact is that while writing this arrangement I had no music in front of me and had never seen the lyrics. I only had the tune in my head and knew I wanted to use it. I scored the opening with a single drum and recorder. Only while putting together the program notes for the piece did I see the actual lyrics - quite a coincidence.

"Willie, bring your little drum; Robin, bring your flute and come;
And be merry while you play..."

-Program Note by composer

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