Don Giovanni

From Wind Repertory Project
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (arranged by Josef Triebensee)

General Info

Year: 1787 / 1976
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Rara
Cost: $67.95


10. Presto presto pria ch’ei venga
11. Eh via buffone
12. Ah taci, ingiusto core
13. Deh vieni alla finestra
14. Metà di voi qua vadano
15. Vedrai, carino
16. Per queste tue manine
17. Mi tradì quell’ alma ingrata
18. Non mi dir, bell’idol mio
19. Già la mensa è preparata


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


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Program Notes

Harmoniemusik (music for a small wind band) enjoyed a great vogue in Europe in the last quarter of the 18th and first quarter of the 19th centuries. J.C. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Rosetti, Krommer, Druschetzky, and numerous other composers of varying stature composed for the medium. In Vienna, in particular, the nobility vied with one another in maintaining ensembles (usually pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns, and bassoons) of the finest available musicians. Transcriptions of popular operas of the day were especially in demand as repertoire. Meysel's Handbuch lists a very large number of arrangements of operas by Boieldieu, Cherubini, Cimarosa, Dalayrac, Leseur, Mehul, Mozart, Paer, Paisiello, Salieri, Spontini, and others well-known in their lifetimes.

The source of this arrangement is a transcription by Josef Triebensee. He was born in Wittengau, Bohemia, November 21, 1772, the son of Johann Georg Triebensee, a distinguished oboist. Joseph received oboe instruction from this father and composition lessons from J.C. Albrechtsberger. He was engaged as oboist in the Karntnertortheaster in Vienna (1791-1794) and later in the National Theater (1794-1796). His wife was the daughter of Johann Nepomuk Wendt, himself a noted oboist, composer, and transcriber for wind ensembles.

Triebensee became leader of the octet of Prince Alois Liechtenstein in 1796. While in this post he was very active as a composer and transcriber. In 1809 he resigned his position in the Liechtenstein court and devoted the next two years to compositional activities. Later he worked in Brno and Vienna. He succeeded Carl Maria von Weber in 1816 as director of the opera in Prague, retiring in 1838. He died there in 1846. His transcriptions for winds are based on operas, symphonies, keyboard works, and ballets popular in his day. The date of the Don Giovanni transcription is unknown. It could not have been before May 7, 1788, the date of the first Vienna performance of the work. This is evidenced by Triebensee's use of the additions made by Mozart for the first Vienna performance - Dalla sua pace and Mi tradi quell' alma ingrata. The premiere of the opera had taken place in Prague on October 29, 1787.

- Program note from score


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