Il Convegno

From Wind Repertory Project
Amilcare Ponchielli

Amilcare Ponchielli (ed. Howey)

Subtitle: Divertimento a due Clarinetti del Maestro, Op. 76, PP.141.4.

General Info

Year: 1865 / 1913
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
'Oriignal Medium: Two clarinets and piano
Publisher: Downloadable from International Music Score Library Project.


Full Score
Mib Clarino
Sib Clarino obbligato I-II
Sib Clarino III-IV
Sib Flicorno
Mib Corni
Mib Trombe
Bombardino I-II
Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Il Convegno (The Conference) is the only piece that Ponchielli recycled into three different performance mediums. Composed for two clarinets and piano before 1857, it was published by the firm of F. Lucca. Fred Ormand, Professor Emeritus of Clarinet at the University of Michigan, prepared a wind band version of Il Convegno based on an earlier symphony orchestral version.

Ponchielli gained much experience as the bandmaster (capobanda) in Piacenza and Cremona, arranging and composing over 200 works for wind band. Notable among his original compositions are the first-ever concerto for euphonium (Concerto per Flicornobasso, 1872), fifteen variations on the Neapolitan song Carnevale di Venezia, and a series of festive and funeral marches that resound with the pride of the newly unified Italy. The ballet Le Due Gemelle (1873) confirmed Ponchielli’s success.

Ponchielli was very popular and influential in his time for introducing a larger orchestra and more complex orchestration. Today he is most famous for his Dance of the Hours, known to everyone from its use in Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940), Allan Sherman's novelty song Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, and other popular works.

- Program Note by William V. Johnson for the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 16 November 2013


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Works for Winds by This Composer


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