Armida Overture

From Wind Repertory Project
Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (arr. Ricard W. Bowles)


General Info

Year: 1784 / 1977
Duration: c. 6:05
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $78.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00

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Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
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 Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


Errata

In Parts:

  • Timpani, Triangle, Bells, m.113: add Rehearsal Letter D
  • Timpani, Triangle, Bells, m.113: add Rehearsal Letter J

Program Notes

This overture to the opera is characteristic of Haydn. It is an abbreviated sonata form with a waltz instead of a development section. The melodies have real vitality, and ingenious counterpoint enriches the repetition of thematic material.

- Program Note from publisher


In June of 1783 Haydn wrote his publishers that "I must write yet one more" opera of Price Esterhazy, his patron. Armida became the opening work for the new season, its first performance taking place February 26, 1784. It was in the repertory of the Esterhazy Theater for five years, receiving 54 performances.

There are many Armida librettos, the story finding favor among theatergoers of the 18th and 19 centuries. In most of them Armida is both a princess and a magic figure with the ability cast spells, and to remove them. In the Esterhazy Theater the production was very expensive for that time, with lavish Roman and Turkish costumes, and scenery with royal appointments.

The overture of the opera is characteristic of Haydn. It is an abbreviated sonata form with a waltz instead of a development section. Many melodic fragments are repeated three times consecutively, and sudden fortissimos occur without warning. The melodies have real vitality, and ingenious counterpoint enriches the repetitions of thematic material.

The arranger has made the choice of creating a good piece for band with Haydn's materials, rather than attempting to make the band sound like a Haydn orchestra. No melodic materials have been either added or deleted from the work.

Haydn was a man of his time, happy to please his patron, yet never sublimating his musical sensibilities for sensationalism. If he were alive today, there is no doubt thar he would write band music; it is the arranger's hope that this setting for band would meet Haydn's approval.

- Program Note by arranger


Armida (Hob. XXVIII/12) is a 1784 opera (dramma eroico) in three acts by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn, set to an Italian-language libretto taken from Antonio Tozzi's 1775 opera Rinaldo, as amended by Nunziato Porta [it], and ultimately based on the story of Armida and Rinaldo in Torquato Tasso's poem Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered).

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Media


State Ratings

  • Arkansas: III
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Indiana: III
  • Iowa: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Minnesota: III
  • New York: IV
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: IV


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