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Scossa Elettrica

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Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (arr. Yates)

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Subtitle: The Electric Shock

General Info

Year: 1899 / 2001
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: LudwigMasters
Cost: Score and Parts - $40.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


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Program Notes

In 1899, the Italian city of Como hosted a celebration of scientist Alessandro Volta, for whom the electrical term "volt" is attributed. Renowned opera composer Giacomo Puccini was commissioned to write a celebratory march for the occasion and this work is the result, nicely scored for band by Charles Yates.

- Program Note from publisher

The theater “Sociale” was renovated and equipped with the most modern system of electrical lighting for the celebration. The committee for honoring Volta invited the world-famous Puccini to compose a special selection for commemorating the event, resulting in this piece. The title translates to “The Electric Shock,” which is played by slapsticks near the end of the piece.

- Program Note from Texas A&M Symphonic Winds concert program, 18 November 2018


State Ratings

  • Kansas: IV


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Puccini, G.; Yates, C. (2001). Scossa Elettrica (The Electric Shock) [score]. Ludwig: Cleveland, Ohio.