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Overture to "The Pearl Fishers"

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Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet (arr. Lucien Cailliet)


General Info

Year: 1863 / 1956
Duration: c. 7:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Sam Fox
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00

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Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-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 Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
B-flat Flugelhorn I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) is an opera in three acts by the French composer Georges Bizet, to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré. It was first performed on 30 September 1863 at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris, and was given 18 performances in its initial run.

Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon, the opera tells the story of how two men's vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their love for the same woman, whose own dilemma is the conflict between secular love and her sacred oath as a priestess. The friendship duet Au fond du temple saint, generally known as The Pearl Fishers Duet, is one of the best-known numbers in Western opera.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: V
  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP II
  • Kansas: IV
  • Maryland: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • Bizet, G.; Cailliet, L. (1956). The Pearl Fishers: Overture [score]. San Fox: New York.
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 45. Print.
  • Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Georges Bizet." Accessed 20 October 2019
  • Les pêcheurs de perles, Wikipedia Accessed 20 October 2019
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 70.