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In 1918, Sergei Prokofiev undertook his first visit to the United States. A number of concerts of his works were held in Chicago, which were received very favourably. As a result, the director of the Chicago Opera Association, Cleofonte Campanini, commissioned Prokofiev to write an opera. It just so happened that, during his trip, he had written a draft of a libretto, based on the Italian play by Gozzi L'amore delle tre melarance, adding some additional Surrealism to the text. Given Prokofiev’s poor English, and American’s unlikely to accept an opera in Russian, French was his final choice. The result, L'amour des trois oranges (or The Love for Three Oranges), which premiered at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago on 30 December 1921, conducted by Prokofiev himself. 


The March from this opera is probably the most familiar part and has been used by CBS in the radio-drama series The FBI in Peace and War. It was also used in films such as The Brink's Job and Prokofiev quoted it in the second act of his ballet Cinderella.


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This arrangement includes alternative parts for tenor horn, treble-clef trombone/euphonium and tuba.



1st Cornet/Trumpet in Bb

2nd Cornet/Trumpet in Bb

Horn in Fb

Tenor Horn in Eb*


Euphonium in Bb (T.C.)*


Eb Bass/Tuba (T.C.)*

Bb Bass/Tuba (T.C.)*

*Alternative Parts

March from The Love for Three Oranges (Brass Quintet) Prokofiev arr. Bushnell

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