Oberon Overture

From Wind Repertory Project
Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber (trans. Mayhew Lake)

General Info

Year: 1826 / 1937
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Out of Print.

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Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet (Solo or 1st)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet 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 Cornet (Solo or 1st)
B-flat Cornet II-III
Flugelhorn (doubling Cornet I)
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Horn in E-flat I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Basses (Tubas)
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Oberon, or The Elf King's Oath is a three-act romantic opera in English with spoken dialogue and music by Carl Maria von Weber. The libretto by James Robinson Planche was based on a German poem, Oberon, by Christoph Martin Wieland, which itself was based on the epic romance Huon de Bordeaux, a French medieval tale.

Against his doctor's advice, Weber undertook the project commissioned by the actor-impresario Charles Kemble for financial reasons. Having been offered the choice of Faust or Oberon as subject matter, he traveled to London to complete the music, learning English to be better able to follow the libretto, before the premiere of the opera. However, the pressure of rehearsals, social engagements and composing extra numbers destroyed his health, and Weber died in London on 5 June 1826.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • Maryland: VI


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  • Category 5 Wind Ensemble, Inc. (Dan Sitomer, conductor) - 28 April 2013
  • Dallas (Tex.) Wind Symphony (Howard Dunn, conductor) - 18 August 1985 *Inaugural Concert*

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