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Symphonie de l'eau

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Serge Lancen

Serge Lancen

General Info

Year: 1984
Duration: c. 15:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Molenaar Edition
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €282.84   |   Score Only (print) - €40.96


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III (I div. a2)
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 I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Flugelhorn I-II
Horn in F I-II-III
B-flat Tenor Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This symphony was composed in 1984 and is dedicated to the great French composer Ida Gotkovsky, a good friend of the Lancen family. It was the test piece in the Seccion Primera of the famous Spanish wind band contest Certamen International de Bandes de Música Ciudad de València and was recorded by the Symphonic Band of the Maastricht Conservatory of Music conducted by Sef Pijpers.

Serge Lancen himself related the genesis of this symphony as follows:

When I was twelve years old I had started composing a piece which described the cycle of the water. The project was however abandoned and only some themes were left unused. In July 1983, I went by boat to the WASBE conference in Skien, Norway, and was seduced by the North Sea. During the travel a musical theme was born and was the trigger for the realisation of my ancient project which I still fancied'.

The Symphonie de l'Eau is in fact a musical description of the cycle of the water which the composer defines as follows:

A slight mist rises and turns into a cloud. Water drops fall on the mountain. A brooklet rises and clears a way throughout the alpine pastures. Soon other small watercourses join the original brook that is now reinforced as to become a real roaring mountain river falling in a lake amidst a quiet and poetic surrounding. The water turns again into a river when leaving the lake and gradually becomes a big stream which majestically flows towards the sea. A slight mist is rising from the huge surface and so the cycle of the water starts all over again.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Virginia: VI


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