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Vive la Canadienne
NMPL103
for concert band
by Donald Coakley

Vive la Canadienne is one of six compositions for concert band that premièred July 1, 1986 at the Canada and Ontario Pavilions at Expo 86 in Vancouver. Funded by the Ontario Arts Council, the Northdale Concert Band commissioned works by six composers to mark the International Year of Canadian Music.

Each composer was asked to create an entertaining piece appropriate for national and heritage events—to provide melodic, festive, and accessible music to foster the atmosphere of a celebration. Vive la Canadienne meets this mandate with a vibrant toast to one Canadian girl, using as its melody the rousing traditional French Canadian chanson Par derrièr’ chez mon père.

Throughout the composition, Coakley treats this tune with lively brass fanfares, brilliant woodwind flourishes, and imaginative variations, bringing the work to an exciting and colourful conclusion.

A spirited work in one movement based on the traditional French Canadian folk tune, this work features rapid technical passages in the upper winds and requires a solid bottom as well as a fearless trombone section. Open the show with this energetic exploration of a tune familiar to every Canadian!

Vive la Canadienne has been recorded by the University of Toronto Wind Symphony on a CD entitled Dreaming on the 2238 (Arbordisc UTWS 9501).

Approximate Duration 4'30"
Grade 5
Score and parts $72.00
Score only $16.00
Replacement parts $3.00

Composer’s Notes
Instrumentation

Composer’s Notes on Vive la Canadienne
Throughout, Vive la Canadienne should be played with a sense of brilliance and flare. At bar 204, the melody on low woodwinds and brass should be heard without sacrificing the other parts. The trumpets should play bars 204 through 215 with a certain amount of abandon. The fortissimo-piano at bar 226 should not be anticipated, but should be strictly observed.

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Instrumentation for Vive la Canadienne
The quantity of parts provided in complete set is shown in the right-hand column. Extra scores for competition purposes and additional individual instrument parts may be ordered separately.

Part
Qty.
full score
1
C Piccolo
1
Flutes 1 & 2
6
E flat Clarinet
1
Oboes 1 & 2
2
B flat Clarinet 1
3
B flat Clarinet 2
3
B flat Clarinet 3
3
E flat Alto Clarinet
1
B flat Bass Clarinet
1
Bassoons 1 & 2
2
E flat Alto Saxophone 1
2
E flat Alto Saxophone 2
2
B flat Tenor Saxophone
2
E flat Baritone Saxophone
1
B flat Trumpet 1
3
B flat Trumpet 2
3
B flat Trumpet 3
3
F French Horn 1 & 2
2
F French Horn 3 & 4
2
Trombone 1
2
Trombone 2
2
Trombone 3
2
Euphonium Treble Clef
2
Euphonium Bass Clef
2
Basses
4
Cymbals (Crash Cymbals, Suspended Cymbal)
1
Snare Drum
1
Xylophone
1
Timpani
1

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