Nessun Dorma (tr Patterson)

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Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (trans. Merlin Patterson)

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Subtitle: From Turandot

General Info

Year: 1926 / 1993
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Merlin Patterson
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $160.00


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Program Notes

Nessun Dorma is an aria from the final act of Puccini’s frequently performed opera Turandot and is one of the best-known tenor arias. It is sung by Calaf, the unknown prince, who falls in love at first sight with the beautiful but cold Princess Turandot. However, any man who wishes to wed Turandot must first answer her three riddles, and if he fails, he will be beheaded. In the aria, Calaf expresses his triumphant assurance that he will win the princess.

Although Nessun Dorma has long been a staple of operatic recitals, Luciano Pavarotti popularized the work beyond the opera world in the 1990s. Both Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo released singles of the aria in the United Kingdom, and it appeared on the best selling classical album of all time, The Three Tenors in Concert. Since that time, many crossover artists have performed and recorded it. It has also frequently appeared in movies and on television. Unusually for a classical piece, it has become a part of our popular culture.

- Program Note from Appalachian Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 February 2016

This transcription for winds was written at the request of Eddie Green, who conducted its premiere with the University of Houston Wind Ensemble at the 1993 convention of the Texas Music Educators Association.

- Program Note by Merlin Patterson


State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Rossini, G.; Patterson, M. [199-?]. Nessun Dorma: From Turandot [score]. [s.n.]:[s.l.]