Raymond Overture

From Wind Repertory Project
Ambroise Thomas

Ambroise Thomas (arr. V.F. Safranek)

Subtitle: The Queen's Secret

General Info

Year: 1851 / 1912
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of Print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Of Thomas's works which have been transcribed or arranged for band, the overtures to Raymond and Mignon are the most popular. The plot of the opera Raymond is an adaptation of the story of The Man in the Iron Mask. It was produced in Paris on June 5, 1851, and was a dismal failure. Subtitled The Queen’s Secret, the overture has stood the test of time, and remains one of the most popular of 19th century French overtures. There have been more than 15 different band arrangements made of the Raymond Overture. These date from the mid-19th century to the more recent transcriptions of the mid-20th century. And what, you ask, was the Queen’s Secret? She smoked!

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

The opera Raymond, based on the legend of The Man in the Iron Mask and subtitled Le Secret de la reine – The Queen's Secret, was premiered at the Opéra Comique in Paris on June 5, 1851, Although moderately successful when first performed, it is seldom presented nowadays. According to David Green, "The Raymond of 1851 survives through an overture beloved of Sunday afternoon park bandmasters." Most listeners agree that whether in parks or in concert halls, the work is melodious and sparkling, with a slow movement which is the equal of many fine opera overtures.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: I
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble: Volume 2 L-Z. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 307. Print.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Ambroise Thomas." Accessed 4 July 2015.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 589.
  • Thomas, A.; Safranek, V. (1939). Raymond: Overture [score]. Carl Fischer" [s.l.]
  • Ambroise Thomas, Wikipedia