Rigaudon (arr Sharp)

From Wind Repertory Project
André Campra

André Campra (arr. Chris Sharp)

Subtitle: From Idoménée

General Info

Year: c. 1712 / 2018
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Sharp Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00; (digital) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Euphonium (doubles Trombone II)
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This stately setting presents an opportunity for young musicians to experience historically significant literature from the Baroque era. Carefully arranged, this dignified selection is written in a style reminiscent of a processional march, with ranges and rhythmic content appropriate for developing players.

- Program Note from publisher

The rigaudon (also spelled rigadon, rigadoon) is a French baroque dance with a lively duple metre. The music is similar to that of a bourrée, but the rigaudon is rhythmically simpler with regular phrases (eight measure phrases are most common).

It originated as a sprightly 17th-century French folk dance for couples. Traditionally, the folk dance was associated with the provinces of Vavarais, Languedoc, Dauphiné, and Provence in southern France, and it became popular as a court dance during the reign of Louis XIV. Its hopping steps were adopted by the skillful dancers of the French and English courts, where it remained fashionable through the 18th century. By the close of the 18th century, however, it had given way in popularity as a ballroom dance to the minuet.

Campra's Rigaudon was composed for his 1712 opera Idoménée.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Campra’s Rigaudon appears near the middle of the opera. His version of the dance conforms mostly to the original lively form. However, for this arrangement, the dance is presented in its more dignified, stately form, resembling a pavane or processional march.

This piece represents an opportunity for young musicians to experience significant historical literature during the early stages of their musical development. As a Baroque opera adaptation, it provides access to material typically not available to wind band musicians of any age.

- Program Note by Chris Sharp


State Ratings

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