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Dies Irae (arr. Bocook)

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Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi (trans. Jay Bocook)


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Subtitle: From Verdi's Requiem


General Info

Year: 1984 / 1998
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Soloists, choir and orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

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

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In this long-standing favorite in the band repertoire, Verdi's famous opus, best known as the Manzoni Requiem, Jay Bocook has retained the essence of the original by carefully placing the challenging, technical material in the skilled sections of the band (flute, 1st clarinet, alto saxophone). From the hard driving, signature opening with the solo bass drum, to the triumphant trumpet calls of the finale, this is classic literature.

- Program Note adapted from publisher


Dies irae (the day of wrath) is a Latin sequence attributed to either Thomas of Celano of the Franciscans (1200–1265) or to Latino Malabranca Orsini (d. 1294), lector at the Dominican studium at Santa Sabina.

It is a mediæval Latin poem characterized by its accentual stress and rhymed lines. The metre is trochaic. The poem describes the Last Judgment, the trumpet summoning souls before the throne of God, where the saved will be delivered and the unsaved cast into eternal flames. It is best known from its use in the Roman Rite Requiem (Mass for the Dead or Funeral Mass). An English version is found in various Anglican Communion service books.

The Messa da Requiem is a musical setting of the Catholic funeral mass (Requiem) for four soloists, double choir and orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi. It was composed in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, whom Verdi admired. The first performance, at the San Marco church in Milan on 22 May 1874, marked the first anniversary of Manzoni's death. The work was at one time referred to as the Manzoni Requiem. Considered too operatic to be performed in a liturgical setting, it is usually given in concert form of around 90 minutes in length. Musicologist David Rosen calls it "probably the most frequently performed major choral work composed since the compilation of Mozart's Requiem".

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


Media


State Ratings

  • Georgia: IV
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: IV


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