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Voyageur Suite

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Voyageurs painting by Hopkins

Greg Bartholomew

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Art of Sound Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $22.99 (Hard Copy)   |   PDF Download - $17.50


1. Quand J'etais Chez Mon Pere (2:30)
2. Le Retour du Mari Soldat (4:30)
3. La Bergere Muette (2:30:


Brass quintet:

  • Trumpet I-II
  • Horn
  • Trombone
  • Tuba


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The voyageurs were French-Canadian men who guided and paddled the canoes of explorers and fur traders from Quebec and Montreal to the regions bordering the Great Lakes and on to the Mackenzie and Columbia Rivers during the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. While they paddled hour after hour in their cramped canoes, the voyageurs sang of their canoes, their country, their life and their loves. This suite is based on melodies of their songs.

At least two of the composer's ancestors, both named Antoine Pepin, were voyageurs. This suite was dedicated to the composer's nephew, Alexander Pepin Gilbert, on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah.

Voyageur Suite was commissioned by Dr. Gary Powell Nash of Fisk University. The Alaska Brass of the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific presented the world premiere at a concert sponsored by the Canadian Consulate at the Loussac Library's Wilda Maston Theater in Anchorage, Alaska, on February 15, 2007.

-Program Note by Greg Bartholomew

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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Recent Performances

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  • Alaska Brass - 15 February 2007; Anchorage, Alaska WORLD PREMIERE
  • Black Mountain Brass - 7 March 2007; Canberra, Australia
  • Menlo Brass - 21 April 2007; Campbell, California
  • Menlo Brass - 22 April 2007; Menlo Park, California
  • Raven Brass - 18 April 2008; Huntsville, Texas
  • William & Mary Brass Quintet - 4 May 2009; Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Metropolitan Brass Quintet - 31 July 2011; New York, New York

Works for Winds by this Composer

Additional Resources