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Merry Wives of Windsor, The

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Otto Nicolai

Otto Nicolai (trans. Kenneth Singleton)

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Subtitle: Overture

General Info

Year: 1849 / 2005
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $14.00


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Program Notes

One of the most engaging works in the orchestral repertoire is now available to advanced bands and wind ensembles. Written for the U.S. Air Force Band, this virtuosic transcription begins with quiet opening depicting a magical moonlit night which leads to an extended fast section. This allegro vivace is in turn delicate, exciting, beautiful, and virtuosic.

- Program Note by publisher

The Merry Wives of Windsor (in German: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) is an opera in three acts by Otto Nicolai to a German libretto by Salomon Hermann Mosenthal based on the play The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare.

The opera is a Singspiel, containing much spoken dialogue between distinct musical numbers. The opera remains popular in Germany, and the overture is sometimes heard in concert in other countries. Otto Nicolai composed the music from 1845 to 1849. He had previously achieved great success with a few Italian operas, but this opera was to become his masterpiece in the German language. The composer himself made some changes to the libretto.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Florida: VI
  • Mississippi: VI-A


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