Fete Polonaise (from the Opera Le Roi malgre lui). By Alexis Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894). Arranged by Douglas McLain. For concert band. Grade 4. Full score. Duration 8:00. Published by Baton Music (BF.BM339-SCORE).
In its original form, the Fete Polonaise from the Opera Le Roi Malgre, is scored for chorus and orchestra. Ever the artistic pragmatist, Chabrier turned the dance sequence into a glittering orchestral vignette. Unlike the dreamy or virile polonaises of Frederic Chopin, Chabrier paints the uniquely Polish dance in bright Gallic colors. This rousing piece is an irresistible display of Chabrier's melodic and instrumental virtuosity.