Overture to "La Forza del Destino" (arr Rogers)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Harp I-II (optional)
- Bass Drum
- Snare Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Military Drum (optional)
- Suspended Cymbal
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Giuseppe Verdi was a visionary and innovative composer of Italian opera. Works such as Rigoletto, La Traviata, Aida, Otello and Falstaff are all commonly performed and hailed as the finest examples of the genre. In his later life, Verdi was also a politician and served in the local parliament. He worked to establish a hospital in Villanova sull’Arda, as well as a home for retired musicians in Milan.
La Forza del Destino, Verdi’s 22nd opera, was completed in 1862 and premiered in St. Petersburg on November 10 of that year. The overture was not heard until February 27, 1869, when the opera was revised and presented at La Scala in Milan.
- Program note by David Balandrin and Ricky Parrell
La Forza del Destino originally began with a prelude leading without a break into the first act of the opera. For the revision, Verdi lengthened and strengthened the prelude, making it into an overture coming to a full close before the curtain rises. Built from melodic, harmonic and rhythmic matters dealt with in the opera itself, the overture quotes and combines several of the most striking melodies as well as the ominous, opening, three-chord motif and the rapid, repeated, ascending accompaniment figure associated in the opera with tragic destiny.
- Program Note from Program Notes for Band
The opera La Forza del Destino was written on a commission from the Imperial Opera in St. Petersburg, Russia, where it received its first performance in 1862. The opera was virtually unknown outside Russia until 1918, when the Metropolitan Opera mounted a production in which Rosa Ponselle made her American debut. The opera stayed in the Met’s repertoire for fourteen consecutive seasons, and its popularity finally spread throughout the world. The overture, one of the best known of Verdi’s works, presents significant material from the opera.
- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music
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- University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 13 March 2019
- University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Mark Heidel, conductor) - 4 October 2018
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- TMEA Texas All-State Concert Band 2008-2009
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Works for Winds by this Composer
- Ah! Fors e lui - Sempre Libera from "La Traviata" (arr. Barrow) (1973)
- Anvil Chorus (arr. McAlister and Graham) (1853/2008)
- Ave Maria volgarizzata da Dante (arr. Hartman) (1880/2019)
- Ballabili (arr. Wil van der Beek) (1847/1865/1997)
- Bolero from "The Sicilian Vespers" (tr. Sousa) (1855)
- Excerpts from "Manzoni Requiem" (arr. Mollenhauer) (1869/1874/1965)
- Fanfare from "Requiem" (arr. Decker) (1874/1989)
- Di quella pira (arr. Hanna) (1853/)
- Il Balen del Suo Sorriso from "Il Trovatore" (arr. Brittain) (2009)
- La Battaglia di Legnano (arr. Kalischnig) (1986)
- March from "Aida" (arr. Seredy) (1871/1898/1964)
- Nabucco (tr. Saurer) (1841/2004)
- Nabucco Overture (tr. Cailliet) (1842/1959)
- Overture to "Joan of Arc" (arr. Rollinson) (1845/1902)
- Overture to "La Forza del Destino" (arr. Lake) (1862)
- Overture to "La Forza del Destino" (arr. Odom) (1862)
- Overture to "La Forza del Destino" (arr. Patterson) (1862/2012)
- Overture to "La Forza del Destino" (arr. Rogers) (1862/1980)
- Overture: "La Forza del Destino" (arr. Suzuki) (1862/2017)
- Overture to "Luisa Miller" (arr. Pruyn) (1849/1988)
- Overture to "Nabucco" (tr. Cailliet) (1841/1959)
- Overture to "Nabucco" (arr. Rhea) (1841)
- Prelude to Act I of "La Traviata" (ed. Falcone) (1853/1966)
- Triumphal March from "Aida" (arr. Evžen Zámečník) (1871)
- Triumphal March from "Aida" (arr. McAlister; ed. Reed) (1871)
- Triumphal March from "Aida" (arr Richard) (arr. Richard) (1871/2012)
- Encyclopedia of Band Music. "La Forza del Destino: Overture." Accessed 8 July 2014.
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 610.
- Verdi, G.; Rogers, M. (1980). Overture La Forza Del Destino [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tex.