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Light Cavalry Overture (arr Fillmore)

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Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé (arr. Henry Fillmore, ed. Robert E Foster)

General Info

Year: 1866 / 2000
Duration: c. 6:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion I-II (3-4 Players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Horse Hoofs (Wood Block or Temple Block)
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Light Cavalry Overture is the overture to Franz von Suppé’s operetta Light Cavalry (German: Leichte Kavallerie), premiered in Vienna in 1866. Although the operetta is rarely performed or recorded, the overture is one of Suppé's most popular compositions, and has achieved a quite distinct life of its own, divorced from the opera of which it originally formed a part. Many orchestras around the world have the piece in their repertoire, and the main theme of the overture has been quoted numerous times by musicians, cartoons and other media.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

The Light Cavalry Overture was written as the prelude to an operetta of the same name. First produced in Vienna on March 24, 1866, it quickly fell into obscurity, but the overture lives on today as one of Suppe’s finest. In military parlance, the term "light cavalry" refers to horse-mounted troops who were trained to fight while riding.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

Audio Links

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Minnesota: I
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


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  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR) Symphony Band (Shaun R. Popp, conductor) - 1 May 2019
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  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (William Schuetter, conductor) – 21 October 2018
  • California All-State High School Concert Band (Lawrence Stoffel, conductor) - 18 February 2018 (2018 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
  • Orcas Island (Wash.) Community Band (Jim Shaffer-Bauck, conductor) – 17 December 2017
  • State College Area (Penn.) Municipal Band (Ned C. Deihl, conductor)- 19 November 2017
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Terry S. Treuden, conductor) – 6 October 2017
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  • Cameron (Mo.) Municipal Band (Ann Goodwin Clark, conductor) – 19 June 2016 (Missouri Bandmasters Association Convention)
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  • Liberty Classic Community Band (Williamsport, Penn.) (Arnald Gabriel, conductor) – 18 October 2015
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 31 May 2015
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 24 September 2014
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