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La Boda de Luis Alonso

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Gerónimo Giménez

Gerónimo Giménez (ed. Graham; tr. McAlister)

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General Info

Year: 1897 / 2007
Duration: c. 6:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


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Program Notes

La Boda de Luis Alonso (The Wedding of Luis Alonso) by Gerónimo Giménez is a zarzuela, a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance. The zarzuela was innovative in giving a dramatic function to musical numbers, which were integrated into the work. Dances and choruses were incorporated as well as solo and ensemble numbers, all to orchestral accompaniment.

Gerónimo Giménez y Bellido, born in 1854, was a Spanish composer and conductor, who spent most of his career writing zarzuelas, with La Tempranica and La Boda de Luis Alonso as his most well-known ones. By the age of 12 he was a first violin at the Teatro Principal and soon began conducting performances in his hometown of Seville, Spain. He won a First Prize in Harmony and Counterpoint at the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 17, beating out fellow classmate Claude Debussy. His best-received works were written early, but by the turn of the century his compositions were falling out of favor. He died in near poverty in 1923.

- Program Notes by Elin Thomas for the Ohlone Concert Band

Following the success of his 1896 zarzuela El Baile de Luis Alonso (Luis Alonso’s Dance), of which the orchestral Intermedio was the most beloved part, Giménez presented in 1897 a follow-up with the name of La Boda de Luis Alonso (Luis Alonso's Wedding). The Intermedio of this new zarzuela was written for performance between different scenes, creating variety and interest. The Intermedio is again its most famed part, and became one of the most popular zarzuela excerpts of all time.

- Program Note by the Oregon Symphonic Band


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI


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  • Texas A&M University (College State) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 10 October 2021
  • World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (Schladming, Aus.) (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 16 July 2017
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Paul, conductor) – 29 April 2017
  • United States Coast Band (New London, Conn.) (William Boughton, conductor) – 23 April 2017
  • University of Texas Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 25 October 2015
  • Dallas Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 6 October 2015
  • San Jose (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) – 15 March 2015
  • Oregon Symphonic Band (Portland) (Rebecca Phillips, conductor) – 4 March 2015 (80th Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Ohlone Concert Band (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 5 November 2014
  • ACB 2013 Convention Band (Allen E. Beck, conductor) – 6 April 2013 (ACB’s 35th Annual Convention (San Ramon, Calif.))
  • Estonian Defence Forces Orchestra (Álvaro Gómez Gómez, conductor) – 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Rehrig, William H. (2005). The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music: Complete CD ROM Edition. Ithaca, NY: The Robert Hoe Foundation.
  • Schallert, Gary. "Intermezzo from La Boda de Luis Alonso." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 573-582. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.