Der Zigeunerbaron Overture (tr Nefs)

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Johann Strauss Jr

Johann Strauss Jr (trans. Jacco Nefs)

General Info

Year: 1885 / 2012
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Jacco Nefs
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $140.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Spurs


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Der Zigeunerbaron is Strauss's second most popular operetta after Die Fledermaus. Its 1885 premiere had political resonance; the plot popularized the Dual (Austro-Hungarian) Monarchy which was to come to an end with the First World War.

The overture starts in a mood of gypsy melancholy and foreboding and moves inevitably on to a scintillating waltz.

- Program Note by transcriber

The Gypsy Baron (German: Der Zigeunerbaron) is an operetta in three acts by Johann Strauss II which premiered at the Theater an der Wien on 24 October 1885. Its libretto was by the author Ignaz Schnitzer and in turn was based on Sáffi by Mór Jókai. During the composer's lifetime, the operetta enjoyed great success, second only to the popularity of Die Fledermaus.

Its genesis was rather swift and smooth, as Strauss was no stranger to the Hungarian influences apparent in the music score. Originally, Strauss and Schnitzer intended the operetta as an opera, but further revisions were made and the idea of a comic opera was conceived.

The story, set in Hungary in the late 18th century, is of the marriage of a landowner (returned from exile) and a gypsy girl who is revealed as the daughter of a Turkish Pasha, and the rightful owner of a hidden treasure. It involves a fortune-telling Romany queen, a self-important mayor, a rascally commissioner, a military governor, a band of Gypsies and a troop of Hussars.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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