Dichter und Bauer

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Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé (trans. Jacco Nefs)

The title of this work translates from the German as Poet and Peasant.

General Info

Year: 1845 / 2010
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Jacco Nefs
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
Solo B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Solo B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet tutti
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Franz von Suppé composed about 30 operettas and 180 farces, ballets, and other stage works. Although the bulk of Suppé's operas have sunk into relative obscurity, the overtures -- particularly Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant, 1846), Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry, 1866) and Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Wien (Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna, 1844) -- have survived and some of them have been used in all sorts of soundtracks for movies, cartoons, advertisements and so on.

- Program Note by transcriber

Best described as a "comedy with songs," Franz von Suppé's three-act operetta premiered on August 24, 1846, in Vienna. Its overture has both lyrical melodies and rhythmic drive, with repeated 8- or 16-measure melodic ideas, adding instruments and volume each time to increase intensity. The introductory segment begins with a brass chorale, followed by returning themes of a famous syncopated melody, a graceful waltz, and a fast staccato section. The piece comes to a powerful close.

- Program Note by Macungie Band concert program, 5 June 2015

Two overtures associated with the old-time park band concerts of the day when those events were at their peak in popularity are Rossini's William Tell and Suppé's Poet and Peasant. Although Suppé is noted as the composer of a great number of comic operas, this particular work did not belong to an opera until several years after its 1845 composition date. The themes from this overture are among the most often quoted material for comic effects for stage productions and animated cartoons probably because they represent, in sound, an era of nostalgia and are familiar to audiences of all age groups. It is for this reason, if no other, that the composition deserves to be heard in its original context as a serious but highly entertaining selection.

- Program Note by Program Notes for Band

Among the most popular is his Poet and Peasant (Dichter und Bauer) Overture of 1846, composed not for one of his own operettas but as a part of incidental music to a play by a colleague named Elmar. So popular did the overture become that it has been published in nearly forty different arrangements

-Program Note by Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


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State Ratings

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