Lucy's Sextette

From Wind Repertory Project
Harry L. Alford

Harry L Alford (ed. and trans. Marc Oliver)

Subtitle: A Ragtime Travesty. Based on Chi me frena in tal momento from Lucia de Lammermoor,

General Info

Year: 1913 / 2010
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ayotte Custom Musical Engravings
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $89.99; (digital) - $71.99   |   Score Only (print) - $13.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Lucy’s Sextette is (as originally published) “A Ragtime Travesty on the ‘Sextette from Lucia’." The sextette mentioned is from the 2nd Act of the opera “Lucia di Lammamoor” by Gaetano Donizetti, “Che mi frena in tal momento”. Alford, probably in a weak moment (or maybe he needed the money), took the two themes of the sextette and gave them a ragtime twist, complete with “jazzy” articulations and trombone smears.

- Program Note from publisher

Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico (tragic opera) in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.

Donizetti wrote Lucia di Lammermoor in 1835, a time when several factors led to the height of his reputation as a composer of opera. Gioacchino Rossini had recently retired and Vincenzo Bellini had died shortly before the premiere of Lucia, leaving Donizetti as "the sole reigning genius of Italian opera". Not only were conditions ripe for Donizetti's success as a composer, but there was also a European interest in the history and culture of Scotland. The perceived romance of its violent wars and feuds, as well as its folklore and mythology, intrigued 19th century readers and audiences. Sir Walter Scott made use of these stereotypes in his novel The Bride of Lammermoor, which inspired several musical works including Lucia.

The story concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton (Lucia) who is caught in a feud between her own family and that of the Ravenswoods. The setting is the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th century.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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