Sulla Tomba di Garibaldi (ed Brion)

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Amilcare Ponchielli

Amilcare Ponchielli (ed. Keith Brion and Douglas Townsend)

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Subtitle: Elegia per banda

This work bears the designation Opus 160, PP.143.14.

General Info

Year: 1882 / 197-?
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown

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Program Notes

Sulla Tomba di Garibaldi comes from the pen of Amilicare Ponchielli, a 19th-century Italian bel canto opera composer. One of two “Elegias per Banda” he composed in his lifetime, Ponchielli wrote the piece in 1882 for city of Cremona’s community band, who asked for music written in memorial of the death of Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian general who helped unify the Kingdom of Italy. A fellow Italian composer with connections to Cremona, Alessio Olivieri, had written a march-anthem celebrating the military prowess of Garibaldi in the 1850s, and Ponchielli implemented several melodic fragments from that music into his elegy. Combining these musical quotations with his talent for lyrical, operatic melodies of the bel canto style, Ponchielli succeeds in memorializing Garibaldi’s memory, providing both moments that mourn his death and others that celebrate his life.

The solemn funeral march of the opening and the yearning melodies heard in the clarinets provide space for the Italian people to grieve, while the brilliant, decorative fanfares interspersed throughout the music celebrate Garibaldi’s achievements in rallying a national Italian spirit and pride.

- Program Note from Ithaca College Wind Ensemble concert program, 5 March 2021

The best English translation is Elegy on the Tomb of Garibaldi. Themes are based on Italian patriotic melodies of the time. It is an outstanding and very powerful original band work from the Italian repertoire.

- Program Note by Keith Brion


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  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Grant Cooper, conductor) - 5 March 2021

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