Capriccio Italien

From Wind Repertory Project
Peter I Tchaikovsky

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky (trans. Mark Hindsley)

This work bears the designation Opus 45.

General Info

Year: 1880 / 1984
Duration: c. 16:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $166.00   |   Score Only (print) - $32.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubles Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Capriccio Italien, Op. 45, is a fantasy for orchestra composed between January and May 1880 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The Capriccio was inspired by a trip Tchaikovsky took to Rome with his brother Modest as respite from the composer's disastrous marriage with Antonina Miliukova. The brothers were there during Carnival, and, despite calling it "a folly," the composer was able to soak up Italian street music and folk songs which he then incorporated into his Capriccio. This enables some "bright primary colors and uncomplicated tunefulness."

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Kansas: VI
  • Tennessee: VI


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