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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

Woolfenden liked to take inspiration from music written for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The piece is divided into three movements. The first movement is titled Pastorale. This movement paints a scenic picture of a pasture in the early morning of the day. Pastorale features the oboe and flutes with expressive solo lines throughout the movement. The second movement is a valse which features a melody based off of the French folk song N’aï pas iéu de mio which is from the French folk song collection Chants D’Auvergne. The final movement is titled Scene et Marche and is a playful movement that is meant to characterize the life of fictional character Monsieu.

- Program Note by Michael Carrasquillo for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble concert program, 14 November 2020

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

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  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble (Michael Carrasquillo, conductor) - 14 November 2020
  • 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.