Overture to "Nabucco" (arr Neumann)

From Wind Repertory Project
Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi (trans. John Neumann)

General Info

Year: 1842 / 2020
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: J. Neumann and Co., through J.W. Pepper
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00; (digital) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Nabucco, an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, was given its premiere performance at La Scala in Milan on March 9, 1842. Its success proclaimed a new hero of the Italian opera, placing Verdi in the company of the masters, Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti. Melodies in the overture depict Verdi's affinity for fleeting tunes that seem to leave an indelible impression on the listener. The crescendo employed here, which builds over lengthy spaces, became known as the "Rossini crescendo" and was a popular device of opera composers of the period.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Overture to Nabucco (1841) was first performed at La Scala in Milan in 1842. Verdi commented that "this is the opera with which my artistic career really begins. And though I had many difficulties to fight against, it is certain that Nabucco was born under a lucky star.”

The opera follows the plight of the Jews as they were assaulted, conquered, and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar). The historical events are used as background for a romantic and political plot.

- Program Note from Illinois State University Symphony Band concert program, 6 October 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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