Come Back to Sorrento
Ernesto de Curtis (arr. Philip Lang)
Subtitle: Torna a Surriento
Year: 1902 / 1948
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Foxtrot
Publisher: Mills Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.
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E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Snare Drum
None discovered thus far.
The most famous Neapolitan song is Torna a Sorrento (Come Back to Sorrento), which was written in 1902 by Italian composer Ernesto de Curtis with words by his brother Giambattista. It became extremely popular, and was sung by all the leading vocalists, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Enrico Caruso, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Meatloaf.
- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music
Torna a Surriento is a Neapolitan song composed in 1902 by Italian musician Ernesto De Curtis to words by his brother, the poet and painter Giambattista De Curtis.
Tradition holds that the origin of the song dates to 1902, when Guglielmo Tramontano, mayor of Sorrento, asked his friend Giambattista De Curtis to write the song for the Prime Minister Giuseppe Zanardelli, then vacationing at his seaside hotel, the Imperial Hotel Tramontano; it was claimed that the piece was meant to celebrate Zanardelli's stay. Some claim the song is a plea to Zanardelli to keep his promise to help the impoverished city of Sorrento, which was especially in need of a sewage system. The song reflects the beauty of the city's great surroundings and the love and passion of its citizens.
More recent research indicates that the song may merely have been reworked for the occasion; family papers indicate that the brothers deposited a copy with the Italian Society of Authors and Editors in 1894, eight years before they claimed to have written it.
- Program Note from Wikipedia
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None discovered thus far.
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- Seward (Ak.) Community Band (Neal Haglund, conductor) – 20 February 2020
- Orcas Island (Wash.) Community Band (Jim Shaffer-Bauck, conductor) – 14 December 2019
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Canta Surriento (arr. Castellucci) (1949)
- Come Back to Sorrento (arr. Lang) (1902/1948)
- Come Back to Sorrento (arr. Walters) (1902/1953)
- Come Back to Sorrento. See also: Torna a Surriento
- Non ti scordar di me (arr. Braak) (2018)
- Torna a Surriento (tr. Dobelstein) (1902/2014)
- Torna a Surriento. See also: Come Back to Sorrento
- Tu ca Nun Chaigne (arr. Parceddu) (2016)
- Vergiss Mein Nicht (arr. Hans Kolditz)
- Curtis, E.; Lang, P. (1948). Come Back to Sorrento [score]. Mills Music: [s.l.].
- "Ernesto de Curtis." Accessed 29 August 2022
- Torna a Surriento, Wikipedia Accessed 14 December 2019