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Flying Dutchman, The

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (trans. Mark Hindsley))

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Subtitle: Overture

General Info

Year: 1843 / 197-?
Duration: c. 10:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $92.00   |   Score Only (print) - $24.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubles Piccolo)
Oboe I-II (II doubles English Horn)
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto 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-III
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Flying Dutchman concerns a man condemned to sail the seas on a ghost ship. Every seven years he is cast on shore and given the opportunity to find a wife who will be faithful to him until death. Daland, a sea captain, upon promise of treasure, accepts him as fiance for his daughter Senta. She consents and vows eternal fidelity. In spite of the opposition of her suitor, Erick, and the Dutchman's admission of his curse, she frees him from it by throwing herself into the sea.

-Program Note from Program Notes for Band

The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), WWV 63, is a German-language opera, with libretto and music by Richard Wagner. The central theme is redemption through love. Wagner conducted the premiere at the Königliches Hoftheater in Dresden in 1843.

Wagner claimed in his 1870 autobiography Mein Leben that he had been inspired to write the opera following a stormy sea crossing he made from Riga to London in July and August 1839. In his 1843 Autobiographic Sketch, Wagner acknowledged he had taken the story from Heinrich Heine's retelling of the legend in his 1833 satirical novel The Memoirs of Mister von Schnabelewopski (Aus den Memoiren des Herrn von Schnabelewopski).

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Arkansas: V
  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Flying Dutchman (opera), Wikipedia Accessed 18 October 2020
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 619.
  • Wagner, R.; Hindsley, M. [197-?]. The Flying Dutchman: Overture [score]. Hindsley Transcriptions: Hornewood, Ill.