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Light Cavalry Overture (arr Fall)

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Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé (arr. E. Fall)

General Info

Year: 1866 / 1936
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Rubank
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Solo Cornet
B-flat Cornet I-II
Horn in E-flat I-II-III-IV
Trombone TC I-II
Trombone BC I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Light Cavalry Overture is the overture to Franz von Suppé’s operetta Light Cavalry (German: Leichte Kavallerie), premiered in Vienna in 1866. Although the operetta is rarely performed or recorded, the overture is one of Suppé's most popular compositions, and has achieved a quite distinct life of its own, divorced from the opera of which it originally formed a part. Many orchestras around the world have the piece in their repertoire, and the main theme of the overture has been quoted numerous times by musicians, cartoons and other media.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

The Light Cavalry Overture was written as the prelude to an operetta of the same name. First produced in Vienna on March 24, 1866, it quickly fell into obscurity, but the overture lives on today as one of Suppe’s finest. In military parlance, the term light cavalry refers to horse-mounted troops who were trained to fight while riding.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (Thetheus White, conductor) - 8 October 2020
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, Calif.) Concert Band (Greg Stoll, conductor) - 8 November 2014
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band - 8 July 2014
  • Ely City Band, Ely, MN (Nolan Hauta, conductor) - 10 July 2012

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