O Mio Babbino Caro (arr Vinson)

From Wind Repertory Project
Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (arr. Johnnie Vinson)

Subtitle: (O My Dear Papa) From the Opera Gianni Schicchi

General Info

Year: 1918 / 2011
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Vocal aria
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
String Bass
Synthesizer (optional Piano)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gianni Schicchi is a comic opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini composed in 1917-18. Based on an incident mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy, the work is the third and final installment of Puccini’s Ii trittico, three one-act operas with contrasting themes. Though originally written to be presented together, Gianni Schicchi continues to be performed alone or with one or both of the other trittico operas.

The aria 0 Mio Babbino Caro (O my dear papa) is one of Puccini’s most popular and is considered by some to be one of the greatest arias in opera. Sung by the principal female character Lauretta (soprano), the aria could be characterized as the only moment of genuine emotion and expression in a tale fraught with duplicity and misdirection. Lauretta pleads with her father to ease tensions with the family of her true love, Rinuccio.

-Program Note by the Westlake High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 21 December 2013


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: II
  • Texas: II. Complete


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