Plays with incidental music  

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This is an incomplete list of plays for which incidental music has been written. A very large number of such works have been written, and to limit the size of this article, only items where the composer and/or the playwright has a specific Wikipedia article should be included.



  • 1932 music by Darius Milhaud, Op. 117 (also 1942)
  • 1942 music by Darius Milhaud, Op. 231 (also 1932)
  • music by Georges Bizet. This is best known in the form of two orchestral suites, one compiled by Bizet himself, the other by Ernest Guiraud after Bizet's death.
  • music by Camille Saint-Saëns, Op. 128; this was music for a film, not a staged play as such, and is generally considered one of the world's first film scores


  • Bertran de Born (Jean Valmy-Baisse, 1936)
  • 1936 music by Darius Milhaud, Op. 152a (in 1937 he reworked the music into his Suite provencale. Op. 152b)
  • 1670 ballet music by Jean-Baptiste Lully
  • 1912 and 1917 music by Richard Strauss, to Hugo von Hofmannsthal's German versions of the play Der Bürger als Edelmann. The ending of the play was originally replaced by an opera Ariadne auf Naxos. After the failure of this version, Hofmannsthal reinstated the original ending and commissioned extra music from Strauss, including arrangements of Lully. Strauss published a suite containing most of the music from the two versions.
  • 1920 music by Karol Szymanowski (Mandragora, ballet-grotesque, Op. 43)
  • 1927 music by Erwin Schulhoff (exists as a suite)



  • 1941 music by Henri Sauguet (Le Mort de Danton; play adapted by Michel J. Arnaud)
  • music by Edward Elgar (published as Grania and Diarmid, Op. 42)


  • music by Sergei Prokofiev (no opus number allocated; a suite was later produced, as Op. 61)
  • music by Paul Dessau; played at the Deutsche Akademie der Künste, [East] Berlin 1965 performance
  • music by Luigi Nono; played at the Freie Volkbühne, [West] Berlin 1965 performance
  • The Eumenides: Part III of Oresteia (see below)


  • Fidlovačka aneb Žádný hněv a žádná rvačka (Fidlovačka, or No Anger and No Brawl; Josef Kajetán Tyl, 1834)
1949 music by Henri Sauguet




  • 1664 music by John Banister the elder
  • 1695 music by Henry Purcell, to an expanded version of the play
  • The Inventor and the Comedians (Mark Daniel, 1938–39)


  • Jérusalem à Carpentras (Lunel)


  • 2010 music by Mike Hallenbeck; 2011-2013 music by Jon Silpayamanant
  • the music was revised in 1904, 1906 and 1911, and the original six numbers as presented in 1903 no longer exist
  • Valse triste (originally Op. 44; since 1973 it has been numbered Op. 44, No. 1), one of Sibelius's most famous pieces, came from the 1904 revision
  • Canzonetta, Op. 62a, was performed for the first time in 1911, but it had been written in 1906, in a different version, as Rondino der Liebenden, adapted from the original music
  • Valse romantique, Op. 62b, was specially composed for the 1911 version of the play
  • the remaining extant piece, Scene with Cranes, was a combining and revision of two numbers from the original score; it was written and performed in 1906, but it did not form part of the 1911 incidental music, and was published posthumously only in 1973, as Op. 44, No. 2.


  • The Lizard (Ödlan; Mikael Lybeck 1864-1925)


  • Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel (The Wedding on the Eiffel Tower; Jean Cocteau)




  • Un petit ange de rien du tout (C. A. Puget)
  • music also by Erik Satie; sometimes described as an operetta
  • 1881 music by Edgar Tinel (an orchestral suite was produced in 1906)
  • 1919 music by Darius Milhaud, Op. 17 (also 1955)
  • 1955 music by Darius Milhaud, Op. 341 (also 1919)



  • 1898 music by Josef Suk, Op. 13; rev. 1912; in 1900 he reworked the music as an orchestral piece, A Fairy Tale, Op. 16


  • St. Jakob an der Birs (C.A. (August) Bernoulli)
  • The Searcher (Velona Pilcher)


  • Part III.


  • 1902 music by Josef Suk, Op. 20; produced 1934





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