Overture to "Il Guarany"

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Antônio Carlos Gomes

Antônio Carlos Gomes (arr. Patterson)

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General Info

Year: 1870 /
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Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Today, Antonio Gomes is best remembered for his fifth opera, Il Guarany. The work was premièred in 1870 and is based on the novel O Guarani by José de Alencar. The libretto was in Italian rather than Gomes's native Portuguese.

The somewhat convoluted plot involves an attack on a Portuguese nobleman’s castle by Aymoré Indians led by adventurers in love with the nobleman’s daughter. The attack may have been provoked by the daughter’s preference for the son of the Guaraní chief, with whom she escapes. While the plot might employ a number of seemingly tired nineteenth-century opera clichés, the score was considered very successful at the time due, in part, to Gomes’s treatment of Brazilian folk melodies. Il Guarany was performed regularly throughout Europe for several years. Giuseppe Verdi, upon hearing the opera in 1872, referred to it as the work of a “truly musical genius.”

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 17 August 2016


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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor) – 12 June 2019
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor) – 17 August 2016

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