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L'italiana in Algeri (tr Van der Beek)

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Gioacchino Rossini

Gioacchino Rossini (trans. Wil van der Beek)

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Subtitle: Overture

This work may be found under its title in English, The Italian (or Italian Girl) in Algiers.

General Info

Year: 1813 / 2008
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €137.00   |   Score Only (print) - €26.00


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

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gioacchino Rossini was a musical prodigy, composing his first opera when he was eighteen years old. At the age of 37, after having written 39 operas in all, he almost completely stopped composing and devoted himself to the culinary art and the mysteries of wine! In his opera L’italiana in Algeri, Rossini shows the difference in mentality between two countries on both sides of the Mediterranean, Turkey and Italy. The exotic themes and oriental sound colours of this opera have ensured that it is still loved today by a wide audience. This transcription for concert band retains the exotic and oriental feel of the original opera.

- Program Note from publisher

The Dey of Algiers is bent on capturing the heart of Isabella, the beautiful Italian girl found on an abandoned vessel by the Dey's captain of Corsairs. The Dey has a difficult problem ridding himself of his wife, Elvira, but he believes he has solved it by his plan to marry her off to Lindoro, Isabella's fiancé. Elira, proving herself the wilier, manages to arrange the escape of Isabella and Lindoro from the Dey's domains and at the same time retain the affection of her unsuspecting spouse.

- Program Note from Ludwig Masters

The Italian Girl in Algiers, an opera buffa, was the second of Rossini's works to achieve great success. It was produced in Venice in 1813. Like most of Rossini's operas it is no longer in the repertoire, but the sparkling melodies of the overture have made it a favorite on band and orchestra programs.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band (Farmington) (Michael Ferguson, conductor) – 16 December 2018

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