Ouvertüre in C für Harmoniemusik

From Wind Repertory Project
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (ed. Christopher Hogwood)

This work also may appear under the title Notturno or Military Overture in C.

General Info

Year: 1824 / 1838 / 2005
Duration: c. 9:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bärenreiter
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €32.95   |   Score Only (print) – €22.50


1824 / 1826 Version ("Nocturno")
Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
C (or B-flat) Soprano Clarinet I-II
C (or B-flat) Trumpet
Horn in C (or F) I-II
Bass Horn

1838 Version
Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
F Soprano Clarinet I-II
C (or B-flat) Soprano Clarinet I-II
F Basset Horn I-II
C (or B-flat) Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Alto Trombone
Tenor Trombone
Bass Trombone
English Bass Horn
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The original version of the Overture for Band –- first titled Notturno –- was composed by the fifteen-year-old Mendelssohn in 1824 for one flute, two clarinets, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, one trumpet and one (bass) serpent. After losing the original score, he rewrote the work in 1826 (utilizing his photographic memory) and made a new revision for 23 winds and percussion (titled Ouverture für Harmoniemusik) in 1838. The overture was composed for the excellent small wind band (Doberaner Hamonoiemusik) at the fashionable seaside resort of Bad Doberan near Rostock, northern Germany, where Mendelssohn was vacationing with his father in the summer of 1824.

This overture joins other works by Marthieu-Frédéric Blasius, Charles-Simon Catel, François Devienne, Louis-Emmanuel Jadin, Hyacinthe Jadin, and Charles Bochsa as among the few surviving wind band compositions from the classical period. In a letter of January 13, 1839, to Ignaz Moscheles, Mendelssohn stated his reasons for wanting Op. 24 published: "...because I thought it would give some people pleasure, and because it is easy and there are parts in it I like." Judging from the countless arrangements of the work for various media and its continued popularity in the wind band version, Mendelssohn's overture still gives people pleasure.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Julieta Ugartemendia, conductor) - 1 April 2023
  • University of Texas at Arlington Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee) Wind Ensemble (Brandon Meeks, conductor) - 13 April 2021
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) Chamber Ensemble (Christopher D. Hoch, conductor) - 29 March 2021
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Tx.) Meadows Wind Ensemble (Jack Delaney, conductor) - 13 November 2020
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Jeff Osarczuk, conductor) – 17 October 2019
  • University of Southern Maine (Gorham) Concert Band (Justin Reyes, conductor) – 31 March 2019
  • San Francisco Wind Symphony (Martin H. Seggelke, conductor) – 9 February 2019
  • Sanger (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Dan Peña, conductor) - 15 April 2018
  • New England Conservatory (Boston) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Kociela, conductor) – 14 December 2017
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul Popiel, conductor) – 12 October 2017
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 31 March 2017
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (unconducted) – 22 February 2017
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Concert Band (Brian Diller, conductor) – 1 December 2016
  • Tokyo Wind Sinfonica – 2013

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