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Funiculi Funicula

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Luigi Denza

Luigi Denza (arr. Alfred Reed)

General Info

Year: 1880 / 1994
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $68.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone (3.5 octaves)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

It's a very familiar and popular Neapolitan song of the 1880s arranged as a tarantella and set for the full resources of the modern concert band. It has the feel of a classic European concert march with tremendous appeal and a variety of performance uses.

- Program Note from publisher

The words to Funiculi Funicula were written by journalist Peppino Turco and set to music by Luigi Denza in 1880, for the opening of the first funicular railway on Mt. Vesuvius. Although the song was composed in only a few hours, it has remained popular for over a century. Richard Strauss later included the tune in the fourth movement of his orchestral tone poem, Aus Italien, believing it to be a popular Neapolitan folk tune.

- Program Note by Edward C. Harris for the San Jose Wind Symphony concert program, 17 May 2015


State Ratings

  • Kansas: IV


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  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Community Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 12 May 2023
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (German Gonzalez, conductor) - 14 May 2023
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Community Band (Jason Cumberledge, conductor) - 17 April 2023
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) - 26 March 2023
  • Limestone University (Gaffney, S.C.) Wind Ensemble (Seth Taft, conductor) - 10 November 2022
  • American River College (Sacramento, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Anthony Marvelli, conductor) - 7 December 2021
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • Kokomo (Ind.) Park Band (Stephen Pratt, conductor) – 20 June 2018
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) – 12 May 2018
  • San Jose (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) – 17 May 2015
  • Illinois Association of Christian Schools Master Band (Dan Turner, conductor) – 14 November 2014

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