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Three Folk Miniatures (Jutras)

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Andre Jutras

Andre Jutras

Subtitle: French Canadian Songs

General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 5:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


1. V’la l’bon vent - 1:10
2. Isabeau s’y promène - 2:15
3. Les Raftmen - 1:35


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Based on well-known French Canadian folksongs, the three short movements are contrasting in tempo and style with colorful and solid scoring, fresh harmonies and interesting rhythms. Three Folk Miniatures is based on the following French Canadian Songs: V'la l'bon vent, Isabeau s'y promene, and Les Raftmen.

- Program Note from publisher

The French-Canadian folk songs capture the essence of 17th Century Canada, before the English victory in the French and Indian War. The first song, V’la la’bon vent, which means here is the good wind, is said to have been sung by French sailors on their way to New France, as they hoisted the mainsail when encountering a good tailwind. The second song is Isabeau s’y promène, which tells of the loneliness of being away from a loved one, as men often were gone for militia duty or hunting. The third song, Les Raftmen, is a folk melody sung by loggers and lumberjacks. The steady rhythm provided a basis for swinging axes in unison. After the trees were cut down, they were tied together to make “rafts” to float downriver to the sawmill.

- Program Note from Cypress Symphonic Band concert program, 25 September 2016


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State Ratings

  • Texas: II. (mvts. 1 and 2, or mvt. 3)
  • Texas: III. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville University Band (Miguel Gonzalez Oseguera, conductor) - 4 June 2021
  • Colonel Gray High School (Charlottetown, PEI) Grade 10 Concert Band (Shawn Doiron, Conductor) - May 2019
  • Cypress Symphonic Band (Houston, Tex.) (Clarence Weeks,conductor) – 25 September 2016
  • Montague Regional High School (Montague, PEI) Grade 10-12 Concert Band (Christie Beck, Conductor) - May 2016
  • Three Oaks Senior High (Summerside, PEI) Grade 10 Symphonic Band (Krista Bryson, Conductor) - May 2015
  • Colonel Gray High School (Charlottetown, PEI) Grade 10 Concert Band (Roger Jabbour, Conductor) - May 2006

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Jutras, A. (1986). Three Folk Miniature: French Canadian Songs [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Nickolas, Paul. "Three Folk Miniatures." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 261-268. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.