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Overture to "The Italian Girl in Algiers" (tr Moses-Tobani)

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Gioacchino Rossini

Gioacchino Rossini (trans. Moses-Tobani)

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This work is often referred to by its Italian title, L'italiana in Algeri.

General Info

Year: 1813 / 1898
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00


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Program Notes

The Dey of Algiers is bent on capturing the heart of Isabella, the beautiful Italian girl found on an abandoned vessel by the Dey's captain of Corsairs. The Dey has a difficult problem ridding himself of his wife, Elvira, but he believes he has solved it by his plan to marry her off to Lindoro, Isabella's fiancé. Elira, proving herself the wilier, manages to arrange the escape of Isabella and Lindoro from the Dey's domains and at the same time retain the affection of her unsuspecting spouse.

- Program Note from publisher

The Italian Girl in Algiers, an opera buffa, was the second of Rossini's works to achieve great success. It was produced in Venice in 1813. Like most of Rossini's operas it is no longer in the repertoire, but the sparkling melodies of the overture have made it a favorite on band and orchestra programs.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (G. Mancho Gonzalez, conductor) – 18 November 2018
  • Ventura County (Calif.) Concert Band (Julie Judd, conductor) - 25 January 2015

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  • L'italiana in Algeri, Wikipedia Accessed 29 September 2020
  • Rossini, G.; Moses Tobani, T.; Kent, H. [1947]. The Italian in Algiers: Overture [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 520.