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Nabucco Overture

From Wind Repertory Project
Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi (trans. Lucien Cailliet)


General Info

Year: 1842 / 1959
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Masters Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

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Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion

(Percussion instrumentation undifferentiated in score)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Nabucco, an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, was given its premiere performance at La Scala in Milan on March 9, 1842. Its success proclaimed a new hero of the Italian opera, placing Verdi in the company of the masters, Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti. Melodies in the overture depict Verdi's affinity for fleeting tunes that seem to leave an indelible impression on the listener. The crescendo employed here, which builds over lengthy spaces, became known as the "Rossini Crescendo" and was a popular device of opera composers of the period

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Overture to Nabucco (1841) was first performed at La Scala in Milan in 1842. Verdi commented that "this is the opera with which my artistic career really begins. And though I had many difficulties to fight against, it is certain that Nabucco was born under a lucky star.”

The opera follows the plight of the Jews as they were assaulted, conquered, and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar). The historical events are used as background for a romantic and political plot.

- Program Note from Illinois State University Symphony Band concert program, 6 October 2016


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Arkansas: IV
  • Kansas: V
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: V
  • Virginia: V


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 610.
  • Verdi, G.; Cailliet, L. (1959). Nabucco: Overture [score]. Sam Fox: New York.