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Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi (trans. Marcel Saurer)

Subtitle: Overture to the Opera

General Info

Year: 1841 / 2004
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Edition Marc Reift
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - CHF38.00


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Timpani (optional)
Percussion (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Nabucco is an Italian-language opera in four acts composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. The libretto is based on biblical stories from the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Daniel and the 1836 play by Auguste Anicet-Bourgeois and Francis Cornue Under its original name of Nabucodonosor, the opera was first performed at La Scala in Milan on 9 March 1842.

Nabucco is the opera which is considered to have permanently established Verdi's reputation as a composer. He commented that "this is the opera with which my artistic career really begins. And though I had many difficulties to fight against, it is certain that Nabucco was born under a lucky star".

It follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (in English, Nebuchadnezzar II). The historical events are used as background for a romantic and political plot. The best-known number from the opera is the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate / "Fly, thought, on golden wings", a chorus which is regularly given an encore in many opera houses when performed today.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Melodies in the overture depict Verdi's affinity for fleeting tunes that seem to leave an indelible impression on the listener. The crescendo employed here, which builds over lengthy spaces, became known as the "Rossini Crescendo" and was a popular device of opera composers of the period.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Nabucco, Wikipedia. Accessed 17 October 2020
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 610.
  • Verdi, G.; Saurer, M. [2004]. Nabucco : Overture to the Opera : Brass Ensemble (10) (Percussion Ad Libitum) [score]. M. Reift: Crans-Montana, Swit.