Marche Futile

Melvin, Andrew


score & parts


Sample score



8m 00s






fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, vn, va, vc

About the work

March Futile is a piece in which the strong sense of purpose inherent in marching is matched by an equally strong sense of purposelessness. The piece is purposefully dedicated to the members of COMA.

First Performance: CoMA and London Sinfonietta, 16th Feb 1997, The State of the Nation, South Bank Centre

Technical notes

Marche Futile was originally composed for solo instrumental lines, but is equally effective played by chamber orchestra. The composer calls it the ‘Dad’s Army’ of marches – this piece is enormous fun to play, with a passage for foot stamping which is sure to have performers trying to keep a straight face! Rhythms and co-ordination prove a challenge, but this piece is musically worth the effort and will be a hit with players and audience.


Call for Pieces Entry: The State of the Nation 1996


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