Overture to the Creole "Faust"

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Alberto Ginastera

Alberto Ginastera (arr. Frank Hudson)

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General Info

Year: 1969
Duration: c. 8:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

The Overture to the Creole "Faust" was inspired by the poem Faust, written by the Argentinean poet Esaniloa del Campo (1834-1880). The poem concerns a cowboy of the Argentinean plains, a gaucho, who has ventured into Buenos Aires and attended a performance of Gounod's Faust at the old Colon Theatre. He is deeply impressed with the trials and destiny of Faust. On his way home he meets an old friend; the two tether their horses by the riverside and sit down to a bottle of gin while the gaucho tells his friend about the opera he has seen.

The opening of the opera follows Gounod's introduction. Ginastera gives Gounod's string melody to the trombones instead, and a development of the melody leads with a rush into the Allegro Vivace section. This part is based on the rhythm of the zamba, a typical Argentinean country dance, played here at a much faster tempo. There are references in the course of the overture to other Gounod tunes, The Soldier's Chorus and Marguerite's Theme, among them, but all are tuned to Ginastera's own purpose, and the borrowing is only a pint of departure.

The work was transcribed by Frank Hudson for Donald McGinnis and the Ohio State University Concert Band.

- Program Note from liner notes of Mark Custom CD Live in Concert with the University of Illinois Symphonic Band

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  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Symphony (Stephen G. Peterson, conductor) – 1 May 2019

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