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Simphonie Militaire

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François-Joseph Gossec

François-Joseph Gossec (ed. Kenneth Amis)

General Info

Year: 1793 / 2013
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amis Musical Circle
Cost: Score and Parts - $40.00   |   Score Only - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabasson (or Contrabass)
Horn in F I-II
C Trumpet I-II (B-flat Trumpet parts included)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gossec’s Symphonie Militaire was written in 1793-94 during the French Revolution for the Band of the National Guard. Writing in the Journal of Band Research (Vol. 6, No. 1), David Swanzy proposes that this work has a fourth movement for choir and band, thus predating Beethoven’s choral symphony by a full 30 years. He indicates that “perhaps Gossec should be given credit as the ‘father’ of the choral symphony."

The first movement of this symphony is spirited and majestic and is written in the key of F, a common key for the period because of the preponderance of brass instruments built in F and restricted to upper partial tones. The second movement is a short, melodic pastorale in a slow 6/8 meter. The third movement is fast and exciting even though the tonality of C major may seem a bit inconclusive.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

This arrangement uses the work's original instrumentation.

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Lynn University (Boca Raton, Fla.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Amis, conductor) – 15 September 2013

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 241.