Orlando Paladino Overture

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Franz Joseph Haydn

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General Info

Year: 1782 / 1938
Duration: c. 5:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: [url Hal Leonard]
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

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Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Orlando paladino (English: The Paladin Orlando), Hob. 28/11, is an opera in three acts by Joseph Haydn which was first performed at Eszterháza on 6 December 1782. The libretto by Nunziano Porta is based on another libretto, Le pazzie d'Orlando, by Carlo Francesco Badini (set by the composer P.A. Guglielmi in 1771), itself inspired by Ariosto's epic poem Orlando furioso. The opera was described as a dramma eroicomico and the plot mixes heroic and comic elements. It was Haydn's most popular opera during his lifetime.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Composed for one of Haydn's largely unknown 19 operas (mistitled "Palandino" for decades), this overture demonstrates his ability as a mature composer. Written in abridged symphonic first-movement form, there is no development section between the exposition and the recapitulation. However, he has taken a minimum of melodic material and expanded it through use of motivic variation and modulation to distant keys – techniques usually reserved for the development. It is interesting that Haydn, whom we consider the father of the classical form, so frequently "breaks" the rules of form that we attribute to him.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Florida: IV
  • Tennessee: IV


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