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Funeral March of a Marionette

Funeral March of a Marionette

Gounod, Charles

Arr. Hirschman, Ed


  • Ensemble: Brass Quintet
  • Genre: Classical
  • Grade: 4
  • Duration: 5.0 minutes
  • Catalog Number: ABP015

The "Funeral March of a Marionette" was originally written as a piano solo in 1872 and later transcribed for orchestra by the composer. The music tells the story of two members of a Marionette troupe having a duel in which one of them is killed. A party of pallbearers is organized and the procession marches towards the cemetery. The music soon takes on a more cheerful spirit, for some of the troupe, wearied with the march, seek consolation at a wayside inn, where they refresh themselves and reflect upon the many virtues of their late companion. At last they resume the march and enter the cemetery. The closing bars are intended to reflect upon the briefness and weariness of life, even for marionettes.

World Parts are provided with this score when purchased as a PDF download.  Instrumentation for standard and a number of alternate parts make this playable by almost any 5 piece brass ensemble:

Part 1 - Bb Trumpet (alt. C Trumpet)
Part 2 - Bb Trumpet (alt. C Trumpet)
Part 3 - F Horn (alt. Eb Horn, Bb Baritone T.C.)
Part 4 - Trombone B.C. (alt. Bb Trombone T.C.)
Part 5 - Tuba B.C. (alt. Eb Bass T.C., Bb Bass T.C)

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