Il Re Pastore (arr Hovey)

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (arr. Nilo Hovey)

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Subtitle: For Woodwind Choir

This work bears the designation K. 208.

General Info

Year: 1795 / 1968
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.95   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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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


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State Ratings

  • New York: 49 05 WOODWIND CHOIR LEVEL 5
  • Ohio: 470 - WOODWIND CHOIRS A
  • Wisconsin: Event 3878 Woodwind Ensemble Class A


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  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Wind Symphony (Bruce Moss, conductor) - 16 April 2021
  • Mississippi College (Clinton) Concert Winds (Craig Young, conductor) - 10 November 2020
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Wind Symphony John R. Stewart, conductor) - 10 November 2020
  • Charlotte (N.C.) Concert Band Woodwind Ensemble – 20 October 2020

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  • Il re pastore, Wikipedia Accessed 18 June 2019
  • Mozart, W.; Hovey, N. (1968). Il re pastore (overture) : K. 208 [score]. Southern Music Co.: San Antonio, Tx.