A La Claire Fontaine
By Donald Coakley
Arranged by David Marlatt
For Interchangable Woodwind Ensemble
This popular Quebec folksong is a combination of words from the Normandy and Champagne regions of France and a melody born in the New World, which is quite different from its French counterpart.
A La Claire Fontaine was known to the men of Samuel de Champlain's Order of Good Cheer as well as to the coureurs de bois who used it as a paddling song. As well, early inhabitants of French Canada sang it as they cleared thier land along the St. Lawrence River.
This quintet can be played with an interchangable woodwind ensemble.
Part 1: Flute, Oboe, or Clarinet
Part 2: Flute, Oboe, or Clarinet
Part 3: Clarinet or Alto Saxophone
Part 4: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, or French Horn
Part 5: Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, or Baritone Saxophone