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Giuseppe Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani: Concert Band

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Subtitle Ouverture
Instrumentation Concert Band/Harmonie
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Publisher Mitropa Music
Series Mitropa Classics
In 1854, Verdi was in Paris to compose I vespri siciliani (1855), a commission from the Theatre of the Opera. The composer soon became intolerant to the requests of the French “Grand Opéra” as he considered them too restrictive and cunning. “I’ll be very happy when I have finished I vespri siciliani. An opera at the Opéra is as tiring as killing a bull. Five hours of music?…Hauf!” Verdi declared. Following the first performance, the French composer Hector Berlioz wrote in the “Journal des Débats” an article that read “We have to admit that in I vespri siciliani, the penetrating intensity of the melodic expression, the sumptuous variety of the instrumentation, the fullness, the poetical sonority of the whole, the warm vivacity that shines everywhere and the passionate strength, although slow in disclosing (a characteristic feature of Verdi’s talent), give the entire work a mark of greatness, a sort of majestic sovereignty more underlined than in Verdi’s previous theatre productions.”
Difficulty Advanced
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Score & Parts
Duration 0:08:20
Release Date 2000
ISMN 9790035024485
Edition Number M068200
Recording available on CD Overtures and Ballet Music (M-DISC 200-009-3)
Catalog No. 0682-00-010 M

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