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Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé (trans. Jacco Nefs)


Subtitle: Ouverture


General Info

Year: 1879 / 2020
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Jacco Nefs
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $130.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute Solo
Flute tutti
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Solo Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Solo Trumpet I-II
B-flat Trumpet tutti
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Franz von Suppé composed about 30 operettas and 180 farces, ballets, and other stage works. Although the bulk of Suppé's operas have sunk into relative obscurity, the overtures -- particularly Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant, 1846), Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry, 1866) and Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Wien (Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna, 1844) -- have survived and some of them have been used in all sorts of soundtracks for movies, cartoons, advertisements and so on.

Boccaccio, oder Der Prinz von Palermo (Boccaccio, or the Prince of Palermo) is an operetta in three acts by Franz von Suppé to a German libretto by Camillo Walzel and Richard Genée, based on the play by Jean-François Bayard, Adolphe de Leuven, Léon Lévy Brunswick and Arthur de Beauplan, based in turn on The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio.

The opera was first performed at the Carltheater, Vienna, on 1 February 1879. Franz von Suppé followed up his first great success with a full-length Operette, Fatinitza, with a second, three years later. Boccaccio‘s neatly constructed text by F Zell and Richard Genée was allegedly borrowed from an unspecified theatre piece by Bayard, de Leuwen and de Beauplan, but, whether it was or not, it certainly helped itself to some plot motifs from one of the chapters of the real Boccaccio’s famous work, the collection of often ribald tales known as The Decameron. It had, otherwise, little enough to do with the historical Italian author, Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), for whom it was named — a trend which would long persist in the musical theatre — but at least his name supplied a nicely recognizable and slightly suggestive title.

- Program Note by transcriber


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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