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Poet and Peasant Overture

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Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé (tr. Henry Fillmore)

General Info

Year: 1845 / 1922
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Horn in E-flat I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Two overtures associated with the old-time park band concerts of the day when those events were at their peak in popularity are Rossini's William Tell and Suppé's Poet and Peasant. Although Suppé is noted as the composer of a great number of comic operas, this particular work did not belong to an opera until several years after its 1845 composition date. The themes from this overture are among the most often quoted material for comic effects for stage productions and animated cartoons probably because they represent, in sound, an era of nostalgia and are familiar to audiences of all age groups. It is for this reason, if no other, that the composition deserves to be heard in its original context as a serious but highly entertaining selection.

- Program Note by Program Notes for Band

Among the most popular is his Poet and Peasant (Dichter und Bauern) Overture of 1846, composed not for one of his own operettas but as a part of incidental music to a play by a colleague named Elmar. So popular did the Overture become that it has been published in nearly forty different arrangements

- Program Note by Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: IV
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: VI
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: V


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