La Tregenda

From Wind Repertory Project
Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (ed. Robert E. Foster)

Subtitle: Witches' Dance from the Opera, Le Villi

General Info

Year: 1883 / 1996
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Taken from Puccini's first opera, this is the frenzied dance of the witches as they cast an evil spell on an unsuspecting victim. The fiery dance builds in speed and intensity providing a dazzling display of energy and excitement. While it's absolutely faithful to the original orchestral work, it makes a wonderful transcription for the concert band repertoire.

- Program Note from publisher

Originally written as a one-act opera performed in 1884, Puccini was asked by the publisher Ricordi to expand it to a full opera. It premiered in Hamburg in 1892 with Gustav Mahler on the podium. Poet Heinrich Heine wrote this description of the fairy figures called La Villi (The Willis): “Willis are betrothed maidens who died before their weddings. These poor creatures cannot find rest in their graves. In their dead hearts, in their dead feet, the passion for dancing lives on, a passion that they could not satisfy in their lifetime. At midnight they appear in groups along country lanes. Woe betide the young man that encounters them! He will be forced to dance with them, and he must dance until he drops dead!”

Puccini wrote La Tregenda as one of two movements to be used as symphonic intermezzi between the two acts of the opera. The legend of La Villi is explained: When a woman dies of a broken heart, the fairies force the heartbreaker to dance himself to death.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Minnesota: II
  • Mississippi: II-A


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