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Michel Jean Francois Far West Ov28

Jean-François Michel
Far West

for wind band or brass band

  • Level: intermediate
  • Duration: 6'20
  • Genre: popular
  • Composed: 2017

Reference: OV28b


  • Instrumentation:

    flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinets 1, 2, bass clarinet, alto sax., tenor sax., baritone sax., sopran cornet Eb, trumpets/cornets 1,2,3, alto or F horns 1, 2, trombone 1,2 (bass trombone), baritone, euphonium, tuba, timpani, percussion 1,2,3

  • Published: 2018
  • Publisher: Editions Bim

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Far West


Jean-François Michel

Jean-François Michel (*1957)

Jean-François Michel, born in Switzerland in 1957 into a family of musicians, studied from 1965 to 1976 at the Fribourg Conservatoire in (Switzerland). In 1975 he was awarded the Bronze Medal at th... Read more

About Far West

Far West is a fun and entertaining piece designed in the popular style of what is today referred to as "country and western music." Three distinct parts follow one another:

- A slow introduction depicts the arid landscapes of the American West and then launches into a horse riding, traveling music, theme.
- The arrival in a peaceful village where some pioneers of the Conquest of the West are meeting.
- The finale is a joyful “country” quadrille that makes members of the pioneer’s community dance.

Far West is written for variable wind instruments, brass only or mixed with woodwinds, and 3 drums — a) timpani, b) bass drum, snare drum and small percussion — and c) an ad lib. fourth part for melodic percussion (glockenspiel and xylophone). These parts can be specified according to availability.

Far West is easily accessible to youth groups.