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Suite Française (Woolfenden)

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Guy Woolfenden

Guy Woolfenden

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 8:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ariel Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


1. Pastorale - 1:40
2. Valse - 2:25
3. Scene et Marche - 4:45


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bassoon I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Suite Française was commissioned by Val Brodie, then director of the Rugby Music Centre. It was premiered on 22 May 1991 at the Rugby Youth Music Festival, under the direction of Helen Deakin.

Woolfenden's Suite Française begins with a Pastorale, introduced by the bassoon and clarinet and then taken up by the oboe. The main melody of the second movement, Waltz, is based on "N'ai pas ieu de mio" from the Songs of the Auvergne. The finale, Scene et Marche, is the most involved movement and provides opportunities for each instrument to shine. As with many of Woolfenden's scores for winds, the suite evolved from music written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, in this case two productions of Love's Labour's Lost.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

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  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Bands (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 13 February 2020
  • College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 28 March 2019
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 10 February 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 23 February 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 12 April 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer


None discovered thus far.