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Concert Fantasia on Motives from Verdi's Opera "Rigoletto"

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Luigi Bassi

Luigi Bassi (arr. Louis-Philippe Laurendeau; ed. R Mark Rogers)

General Info

Year: 1901 / 1997
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $20.00


C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet
Cornets Solo- I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(Percussion detail not provided in score)


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Program Notes

Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. Despite serious initial problems with the Austrian censors who had control over northern Italian theatres at the time, the opera had a triumphant premiere at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851.

Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera's original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto's encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda likewise falls in love with the Duke and eventually sacrifices her life to save him from the assassins hired by her father.

The opera is considered by many to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi's middle to late career.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

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