La Bohème (arr Dawson)

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Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (arr. Jay Dawson)

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Subtitle: A Symphonic Portrait

General Info

Year: 1896 / 1992
Duration: c. 8:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Arrangers Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $13.00


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

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

La bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere of La bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the 28-year-old Arturo Toscanini. Since then, La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Premiered in 1896 by Arturo Toscanini, and performed by the Metropolitan Opera 1,200 times, Puccini’s La Boheme is perhaps the world’s most popular opera. Its main characters, Rodolfo and Mimi, are drawn from a collection of vignettes portraying the lives of young bohemian artists in Paris, by Henri Murger. A bohemian himself, Murger published his stories as a serial entitled Scenes de le vie de Boheme in a Parisian newspaper. The story of the love affair between Mimi and Rodolfo is enhanced by themes of cold and warmth, class struggle, and Puccini’s use of “thematic reminiscence”: the reappearance of a melody to create a dramatic effect.

Although early reviews were sometimes critical of La Boheme, the late great conductor Sir Thomas Beecham called it “ a perfect work”. English critic Frank Granville wrote of the piece: “the man or woman who is insensitive to the spell of this performance really isn’t fit to live in civilized society, for it is one of the wonders of the world.”

- Program Note by Jorge Puente


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Georgia: IV
  • Oklahoma: IV-A
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


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