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La Tregenda (arr Beck)

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Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (arr. Brian Beck)


Subtitle: Witches' Dance from La Villi


General Info

Year: 1883 / 2013
Duration: C. 2:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Originally written as a one-act opera, Puccini was asked by the publisher Ricordi to expand it to a full opera. It premiered in Hamburg in 1892 with Gustav Mahler on the podium. Poet Heinrich Heine wrote this description of the fairy figures called La Villi (The Willis): “Willis are betrothed maidens who died before their weddings. These poor creatures cannot find rest in their graves. In their dead hearts, in their dead feet, the passion for dancing lives on, a passion that they could not satisfy in their lifetime. At midnight they appear in groups along country lanes. Woe betide the young man that encounters them! He will be forced to dance with them, and he must dance until he drops dead!”

Puccini wrote La Tregenda as one of two movements to be used as symphonic intermezzi between the two acts of the opera. The legend of La Villi is explained: When a woman dies of a broken heart, the fairies force the heartbreaker to dance himself to death.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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