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Barber of Seville Overture, The

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Gioacchino Rossini

Gioacchino Rossini (arr. William James Duthoit)


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The work is sometimes shown under its Italian title, Il Barbiere di Siviglia.


General Info

Year: 1816 / 1940
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Errata

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Program Notes

It is true that one of the world’s best known overtures was not originally written for the opera that it introduces. Rossini originally staged the opera under a different title in order to avoid confusion with a better known version of the Barber of Seville. During a revival a year later under its current title, Rossini reused the overture from his opera Aurelia in Palmyra for The Barber of Seville. Since Rossini did not use themes from the opera in his overtures, reusing material provided saving of time and effort for Rossini. Nonetheless, the Barber of Seville Overture dramatically sets the mood for an opera that Rossini described as ”the most beautiful opera buffa there is.”

- Program Notes from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). The première of Rossini's opera took place on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.

Rossini's Barber has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe". Even after two hundred years, it remains a popular work.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Maryland: V
  • New York: Concert Band V


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Resources

The Barber of Seville, Wikipedia Accessed 16 February 2018