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Paul Dukas

Paul Dukas (orch. Donald Miller)

Subtitle: For Solo Horn (or Euphonium) and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 1906 / 1997
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Horn and piano
Publisher: Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $110.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Full Score
Solo horn
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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 Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A gifted but highly self-critical composer, Dukas allowed only a small number of his works to be published. He devoted much of his energies to teaching, serving as instructor to many of the most significant members of the succeeding generation of French composers, including Olivier Messiaen and Maurice Duruflé. His music combines classical, romantic and impressionist elements into a rich and sturdy style.

He composed the Villanelle in 1906 as a test-piece for the Paris Conservatoire. The name derives from the Italian word villanella, a light-hearted, unaccompanied rustic part-song popular during the 16th and early 17th centuries. Dukas' piece has something of that same open-air atmosphere, both contented and zestful. Dukas' original scoring was for horn and piano.

- Program Note from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band concert program, 27 April 2018

Dukas’s Villanelle was composed for horn and orchestra in 1906, though the orchestration was subsequently lost and now is most often performed with horn and piano. A villanelle is a form of pastoral poem, which Dukas references through his use of 6/8 time often associated with pastoral music. A virtuosic work, Villanelle demands both lyrical playing and stunning technique from the hornist, covering the entire range of the horn. Dukas pays tribute to the history of the horn by opening the piece with a horn call and lyrical passage in the style of the valve-less natural horn. The subsequent technical passages demand the more modern horn with valves to accomplish the chromaticism and speed. Villanelle is both challenging to perform and exciting to listen to, and has become a standard in horn literature.

- Program Note from Marine Band concert program 25 August 2022


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Central Iowa Wind Ensemble (Des Moines) (Christian Carichner, conductor; Jayda Archer, horn) - 7 May 2023
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor; Brigette Knox, horn) - 25 August 2022
  • Arkansas Winds (Fayetteville) (Chal Ragsdale, conductor; Allen Fields, horn) - 9 July 2018
  • Arkansas Winds (Farmington, Ark.) (Michael Ferguson, conductor; Allen Fields, horn) – 28 April 2018
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor; Ben Mackie, horn) – 27 April 2018
  • Jenks (Okla.) High School Wind Symphony – 19 May 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.