New Music Friday: Marche de Triomphe

This week, for a slightly belated Bastille Day celebration, we have a new grade 2 title arranged by Robert Longfield.

Marche de Triomphe is one of almost eight hundred compositions by the French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704). Composed in 1691, the march represents both the French and Italian styles of the period. Charpentier was prolific in all of the genres of his time but was primarily known for writing sacred vocal music. Charpentier is considered the most important French composer of his generation.

About Marche de Triomphe

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Timpani and piano are optional for this arrangement, but both add to an authentic sound, especially if the piano part can be played on a harpsichord or a synthesizer with a harpsichord setting. The timpani should not be allowed to overwhelm the sound of the strings. If timpani are not used, start at measure 5.

The forte sections should be played with an energetic, detaché bowing. The sections at measure 16 and measure 45 are more delicate and can be played with one player on each part if desired.

About Robert Longfield

Robert Longfield is an award-winning composer, conductor, arranger, and educator. Mr. Longfield has earned degrees in music education and music performance from the University of Michigan and the University of Miami. His teachers include Dr. William D. Revelli, Jerry Bilik, Larry Teal, Elizabeth Green, and Dr. Alfred Reed.

Mr. Longfield’s career as a music educator spanned 42 years in the public schools of Michigan and Florida. He was the band and orchestra director at Davison (MI) High School from 1969-1986. He held a similar position at Miami Palmetto Senior High for 27 years until his retirement in 2014. He was chairman of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Palmetto for 22 years and was named Palmetto’s “Teacher of the Year.” He has served as a District Chairman in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the Florida Orchestra Association.

Mr. Longfield is currently the conductor of the Greater Miami Symphonic Band. He is the recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the “Mr. Holland Award” from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

A member of ASCAP, Mr. Longfield has received numerous commissions and has over 500 publications to his credit. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by bands and orchestras throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Japan, and other parts of the world.


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