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Light Cavalry Overture (arr Fall)

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Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé (arr. Fall)

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General Info

Year: 1866/1937
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Rubank


Full Score
C Piccolo
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Solo Cornet
Cornets I-II
Horn in Eb I-II-III-IV
Trombone TC I-II
Trombone BC I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)

(percussion detail desired)


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

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Recent Performances

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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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