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Prometheus Overture (arr Barnes)

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Clifford P Barnes)


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General Info

Year: 1801 / 1963
Duration: c. 5:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

Full Score
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum

(parts likely missing)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Creatures of Prometheus (German: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus), Op. 43, is a ballet composed in 1801 by Ludwig van Beethoven following the libretto of Salvatore Viganò. The ballet premiered on 28 March 1801 at the Burgtheater in Vienna and was given 28 performances. It is the only full-length ballet by Beethoven.

According to musicologist Lewis Lockwood, Beethoven’s music for this ballet is "easier and lighter than music for the concert hall…[I]t shows Beethoven exploiting instruments and coloristic orchestral effects that would never appear in his symphonies or serious dramatic overtures."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: III
  • Maryland: V
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony I (Sarah Wilson, conductor) – 7 March 2019


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Beethoven, L.; Barnes, C. (1963). Prometheus Oveture [score]. Ludwig Music: Cleveland, Ohio.
  • The Creatures of Prometheus, Wikipedia Accessed 18 May 2018
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 27. Print.