Ouverture (arr. Paynter)

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Germaine Tailleferre

Germaine Tailleferre (arr. John P. Paynter, ed. John Boyd)

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General Info

Year: 1932 / 1960 / 2003
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

Germaine Tailleferre was the only female member of Les Six, a group of young composers who, with Cocteau’s encouragement, rebelled against the impressionistic “fog” and the “pathos” of Wagner. Her Ouverture is the opener for her opera Il était un Petit Navire, the farcical story of cannibalism on a ship adrift at sea!

- Program Note from Yale University Concert Band concert program, 4 October 2019

The Ouverture, first composed and performed in 1932, is an example of Tailleferre's open and straightforward style, at once lively and containing elegant melodies. Historians are not certain of the exact primary usage of the work, some leading toward its inclusion in an opera bouffe, Il etait un petite navive (There Was a Little Boat), while others list it as part of a comic opera, Zoulaina. Robert Shapiro, in his book Germaine Tailleferre: A Bio-Bibliography, states that it received its premiere on Christmas Day 1932 in a concert conducted by Pierre Monteux.

The present wind band edition was written by John P. Paynter in January 1960 and edited by John Boyd in June 2003.


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