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Beautiful Galatea Overture

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Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé (arr. Louis-Philippe Laurendeau, rev. McArthur)


General Info

Year: 1863 / 1900
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe
Bassoon
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Soprano Saxophone
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
Eb Cornet
Alto I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tenor I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Die schöne Galathée (The Beautiful Galatea) is an operetta in two acts by Franz von Suppé to a German libretto by the composer and 'Poly Henrion' (the pseudonym of Leonhard Kohl von Kohlenegg (de)).

In the early 1860s, French operettas by Jacques Offenbach were first presented in Vienna. Franz von Suppé was obliged to compete with them by taking the time-honored traditions of Vienna and combining it with the new style of Offenbach. Die schöne Galathée was Franz von Suppé's first critical success.

The sculptor Pygmalion has fallen madly in love with his statue of Galathée and accordingly does not want to sell it to Mydas, a patron of the arts. Instead he prays to Venus, the goddess of love, that the statue be brought to life. The wish is granted but Galathée turns out to be a very independent-minded creature. She is unfaithful to Pygmalion with his servant Ganymed (because he is much more pleasing to her than Pygmalion) and does not reject Mydas, who offers her jewelry. When Pygmalion catches Galathée in a compromising situation, he successfully implores Venus to turn her back into stone. The jewelry offered by Mydas is also turned into stone, but the whole statue is sold to him.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Kings Park Concert Band (Fairfax, Va.) (Rich Bergman, conductor) – 5 November 2017
  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria, Va.) (Loras John Schissel, conductor) – 31 October 2015
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) - 19 October 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer


References