Pedro Étienne Solère

Chant de la Bataille d’Austerlitz

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Chant de la Bataille d'Austerlitz (c. 1805) by Pedro Étienne Solère, modern edition for wind ensemble by Craig Dabelstein.
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Chant de la Bataille d’Austerlitz
I. Grande Marche
II. Pas Redou­blé
Pedro Éti­enne Solère (1753–1817)
Mod­ern edi­tion by Craig Dabel­stein (1973–)

Date: c. 1805–1806
Instru­men­ta­tion: Wind Ensem­ble (Picc/Fl 1.2, Eb Cl 1.2, Bb Cl 1.2, Bsn 1.2, Hn 1.2, Tpt, Tbn, Tba, Sn Dr, Bs Dr, Cym)
Dura­tion: 4:40
Lev­el: 4

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Notes on Solère, Chant de la Bataille d’Austerlitz

Pedro Éti­enne Solère (1753–1817) was a French com­pos­er, music edu­ca­tor and clar­inetist. By the age of four­teen he was already an advanced clar­inetist and per­formed in the music corp of the infantry reg­i­ment. He lat­er stud­ied in Paris with Michel Yost. His fame spread inter­na­tion­al­ly on con­cert tours in Italy, Spain and Rus­sia. Solère was appoint­ed as first clar­inet in the King’s orches­tra, and was Pro­fesseur de Musique à l’Académie Impéri­ale de Musique. Solère’s com­po­si­tions include an Over­ture for the bands of the French Rev­o­lu­tion, five pub­li­ca­tions of march­es for band, and much clar­inet music pub­lished between 1793–1800.

Nico­las Dahlmann (1769–1807), to whom this work is ded­i­cat­ed, was a French cav­al­ry gen­er­al (Colonel Com­man­dant les Chas­seurs à Cheval de la Garde de Sa Majesté l’Empereur et Roi d’Italie) of the Napoleon­ic wars and the son of a trum­peter. So revered was Dahlmann that upon his death, Napoleon grant­ed his wid­ow a pen­sion of 6,000 francs and in 1811 accord­ed his only son the title of Baron de l’Empire at the age of ten. On the instruc­tions of Napoleon, Dahlmann’s heart was embalmed and tak­en to Paris where it was placed at rest in the Pan­theon.

The Bat­tle of Auster­litz in 1805, also known as the Bat­tle of the Three Emper­ors, was one of Napoleon’s great­est vic­to­ries and is con­sid­ered a tac­ti­cal mas­ter­piece.

Craig Dabel­stein
2015