Il Re Pastore

From Wind Repertory Project
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (trans. Clifford P. Barnes)

Subtitle: Overture.

General Info

Year: 1775 / 1965
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Ludwig
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Il re pastore (The Shepherd King) is an opera, K. 208, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to an Italian libretto by Metastasio, edited by Giambattista Varesco. It is an opera seria. The opera was first performed on 23 April 1775 in Salzburg. The opera had been commissioned for a visit by the Archduke Maximilian Francis of Austria, the youngest son of Empress Maria Theresa, to Salzburg. Mozart spent six weeks working on the opera. It consists of two acts and runs for approximately 107 minutes.

It is often referred to not as an opera, but as a serenata, a type of dramatic cantata. The appearance of a quartet of lovers (Aminta and Elisa, Agenore and Tamiri) of somewhat dubious fidelity automatically puts a modern audience in mind of Così fan tutte. The principal psychological theme of the opera is, however, the demands of love against the demands of kingship, as Aminta, the shepherd-king, tussles with his conscience, and in this Il re pastore is closer in theme to Idomeneo than any other of Mozart's operas.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Satellite (Satellite Beach, Fla.) High School Wind Ensemble (Joseph Leites, conductor) - 5 December 2023
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 18 June 2019
  • Brookfield (Wisc.) Civic Band – 22 May 2011

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  • Il re pastore, Wikipedia Accessed 18 June 2019
  • Mozart, W.; Barnes, C. (1965). Il re pastore = The shepherd king. Overture [score]. Ludwig Music Pub. Co.: Cleveland, Ohio.